U.S.-Japan Alliance Series

Two-Day Conference

Japanese flag and American flag

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Topics:

Conference I: The Quadrilateral Grouping and the Goal of a ‘Free and Open Indo-Pacific’

Conference II: Assessing the Implications of China’s Military Build-Up for the U.S.-Japan Alliance

Date:

March 4-5, 2019

Time:

Monday, March 4 – 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 5 – 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location:

RAND Corporation
1776 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA

Complimentary parking at RAND

About the Program

On March 4 and 5, RAND will host a two-day conference to discuss U.S. and Japanese perspectives on a free and open Indo-Pacific and the PLA’s growing capabilities. Keynote speakers will include Avril Haines, former Deputy National Security Advisor from 2015–2017, and Adm. Scott Swift, former Pacific Fleet Commander. Their insights will be supplemented by presentations from experts on these key issues confronting the U.S.-Japan alliance.

Keynote Speakers

Conference I: March 4

Portrait of Avril Haines, former deputy national security advisor

Photo courtesy of United States Department of State

Ms. Avril Haines
Former Deputy National Security Advisor, 2015–2017

Keynote: From the ‘Pivot’ to a ‘Free and Open Indo-Pacific’: An Insider’s View of Continuity and Change in U.S. Asia Policy

Conference II: March 5

Adm. Scott Swift

Adm. Scott Swift
Former Pacific Fleet Commander

Keynote: The U.S.-Japan Alliance and the Challenge of the PLA

Presenters

Conference I: March 4

Dr. Tanvi Madan
Fellow in the Project on International Order and Strategy in the Foreign Policy Program
The Brookings Institution

Presentation: Indian Perspectives on the Quad and the Free and Open Indo-Pacific Concept in the Wake of the 2017 Doklam Crisis


Ms. Natalie Sambhi
Ph.D.-candidate
Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, The Australian National University

Presentation: Explaining Australia’s Growing Willingness to Participate in Regional Efforts to Sustain a ‘Free and Open Indo-Pacific’: How Did It Come to Support the Quadrilateral Grouping?


Ms. Naoko Funatsu
Research Fellow
Japan Institute of International Affairs

Presentation: The Abe Administration, the U.S. Alliance, and Japan’s Expanding Defense Cooperation with Australia and India


Moderator

Dr. Scott W. Harold
Senior Political Scientist and Associate Director, Center for Asia Pacific Policy
RAND Corporation



Conference II: March 5

Mr. Shinji Yamaguchi
Senior Research Fellow
National Institute for Defense Studies (Japan)

Presentation: The Expanding Scope of PLA Activities and the PLA’s Strategy


Mr. Mark R. Cozad
Senior International/Defense Policy Analyst
RAND Corporation

Presentation: China’s Military Modernization since 2012: Achieving Preeminence, or Still Merely Aspiring to It?


Mr. Cortez A. Cooper, III
Senior International/Defense Policy Analyst
RAND Corporation

Presentation: Is the U.S.-Japan Alliance Ahead of the Curve on the PLA’s System of Systems Approach to Warfare?


Moderator

Dr. Scott W. Harold
Senior Political Scientist and Associate Director, Center for Asia Pacific Policy
RAND Corporation

Register for this Event

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