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The Australian National University

Public seminar

Intimate Rivals: Japanese Domestic Politics and a Rising China

Speakers: Dr Sheila A. Smith
Date: Tuesday 1 September
Time: 1.30 - 3pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre 2, Hedley Bull Centre, Garran Road
Registration: Register here

Presented by the Strategic & Defence Studies Centre and the National Security College


Sarah PercyDr Sheila Smith will discuss her new book, Intimate Rivals: Japanese Domestic Politics and a Rising China, which explores the policy issues testing the Japanese government as it navigates its relationship with an advancing China.

Dr Smith scrutinizes the role of the Japanese government in coping with contention as China’s influence grows and Japanese citizens demand more protection. Underlying the government’s efforts is Japan’s insecurity about its own capacity for change and its waning status as the leading economy in Asia.

Sheila A. Smith, an expert on Japanese politics and foreign policy, is senior fellow for Japan studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). She is also the author Japan's New Politics and the U.S.-Japan Alliance (Council on Foreign Relations, June 2014). Her current research focuses on how geostrategic change in Asia is shaping Japan's strategic choices. In the fall of 2014, Dr Smith began a new project on Northeast Asian Nationalisms and Alliance Management.

Dr Smith joined CFR from the East-West Center in 2007, where she directed a multinational research team in a cross-national study of the domestic politics of the U.S. military presence in Japan, South Korea and the Philippines. She was a visiting scholar at Keio University in 2007-08, where she researched Japan’s foreign policy towards China, supported by the Abe Fellowship. Dr Smith has been a visiting researcher at two leading Japanese foreign and security policy think tanks, the Japan Institute of International Affairs, the Research Institute for Peace and Security, the University of Tokyo and the University of the Ryukyus. She is is vice chair of the U.S. advisors to the U.S.-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Exchange, a bi-national advisory panel of government officials and private sector members. 

Please join us for tea / coffee and light snack at 1pm before the lecture.
An opportunity to purchase Dr Sheila Smith's book will be available.


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