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2022/07/11
The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) and the Nakasone Peace Institute (NPI) partnered for a joint event "The Impact of Hybrid Warfare in the Indo-Pacific".

 

The Impact of Hybrid Warfare in the Indo-Pacific

Thursday 28 July 2022

08:00-09:15(EDT) / 21:00-22:15 (JST)

 

 

The war in Ukraine has provided a dramatic example of Russia's hybrid warfare. In addition to its conventional forces, Russia has employed economic coercion, through energy resources and food supplies, as well as political manipulation in a combined strategy against Ukraine. These actions have drawn the attention of the international community, including the United States and Japan, which have responded by imposing economic sanctions against Russia and sending shipments of arms and defensive equipment to Ukraine. As the war enters its next stage, there are growing concerns among policymakers on the potential impact of Russia's hybrid warfare and how it might spill over into other regions, particularly the Indo-Pacific.

 

To explore this topic, the Nakasone Peace Institute (NPI) and the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) are proud to present a joint event, featuring former practitioners with wide-ranging experiences in the U.S. and Japanese defense services. These practitioners and several U.S. and Japanese scholars will examine the development of Russia's hybrid warfare and present their outlook for its impact on the security challenges in the Indo-Pacific, including implications for the U.S.-Japan Alliance.

 

Keynote Remarks:

Perspectives on Security Environment in the aftermath of Russia-Ukraine War

Speakers:

ADM(Ret.) Takashi Saito, Former Chief of Joint Staff, JSDF

ADM(Ret.) Jonathan Greenert, Former Chief of Naval Operations

 

Panel Discussion: Analysis from the Hybrid Warfare Perspective

Presenter: LTG(Ret.) Goro Matsumura, Former Commanding General, Northeastern Army, JGSDF

Discussant: Taylor Fravel, Arthur and Ruth Sloan Professor of Political Science Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

 

Panel Discussion: The Way Forward for Japan-US Alliance

Presenter: Sheila Smith, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

Discussant: Hideshi Tokuchi, President, Research Institute for Peace and Security Studies, Senior Research Advisor, NPI

 

Moderator: Iduru Fukumoto VADM(Ret.), Former President, Maritime Staff College, JMSDF

 

The webinar will be held on ZOOM (free registration)

 

Language: Japanese/English (simultaneously translated)

 

Register by Wednesday 27 July 2022:

https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-P3r4HZnTb2n0uiOCmkdSw

 

Contact: Nakasone Peace Institute

E-mail: npi_pr@iips.org

 

Speakers

 

ADM(Ret.) Takashi Saito, Former Chief of Joint Staff, JSDF

ADM(Ret.) Saito graduated from National Defense Academy and the US Naval War College. Commissioned as a Submariner, he served in various command assignments in maritime operations, including as Commander of JS HAYASHIO and JS SETOSHIO, before becoming the 27th Chief of Maritime Staff in 2005. His last assignment was as the 2nd Chief of Joint Staff before retiring from the service in 2009.

He currently serves NPI as the Maritime Security Study Group lead.

 

ADM (Ret.) Jonathan W. Greenert

ADM Greenert graduated from the US Naval Academy with a degree in Ocean Engineering. His assignments as the naval officer include Commander, USS Honolulu (SSN); Commander, US 7th Fleet and Deputy Commander, US Pacific Fleet; and Commander, US Fleet Command. He served as the 30th Chief of Naval Operation from 2011 to 2015 before retirement from the service.

He currently holds Shalikashvili Chair in National Security Studies at The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR).

 

LTG(Ret.) Goro Matsumura, Former Commanding General, Northeastern Army, JGSDF

LTG(Ret.) Matsumura graduated from Tokyo University with a degree in Engineering before joining Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF). He commanded the 3rd Contingent of Iraq Reconstruction Support Group before serving as Commanding General, 10th Division, JGSDF; Vice Chief of Joint Staff; and Commanding General of Northeastern Army, JGSDF before retiring from JGSDF in 2016.

He is currently a member of the NPI Maritime Security Study Group.

 

M. Taylor Fravel, Director of the Security Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

M. Taylor Fravel is the Arthur and Ruth Sloan Professor of Political Science and Director of the Security Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Taylor studies international relations, with a focus on international security, China, and East Asia. His books include Strong Borders, Secure Nation: Cooperation and Conflict in China's Territorial Disputes, (Princeton University Press, 2008) and Active Defense: China's Military Strategy Since 1949 (Princeton University Press, 2019). Taylor is a graduate of Middlebury College and Stanford University, where he received his PhD. He also has graduate degrees from the London School of Economics and Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

Taylor has been a member of the board of directors of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and serves as the Principal Investigator for the Maritime Awareness Project.

 

Sheila A. Smith, John E. Merow senior fellow for Asia-Pacific studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Sheila A. Smith is John E. Merow senior fellow for Asia-Pacific studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). An expert on Japanese politics and foreign policy, she is the author of Japan Rearmed: The Politics of Military Power, Intimate Rivals: Japanese Domestic Politics and a Rising China (released in Japanese as 日中 親愛なる宿敵: 変容する日本政治と対中政策), and Japan's New Politics and the U.S.-Japan Alliance. She is also the author of the CFR interactive guide Constitutional Change in Japan. Smith is a regular contributor to the CFR blog Asia Unbound and a frequent contributor to major media outlets in the United States and Asia.

 

Hideshi Tokuchi, President, Research Institute for Peace and Security

Mr. Tokuchi graduated from Tokyo University and the Fletcher School of International Affairs. He has held key senior positions in the Japan Ministry of Defense (JMOD), including Director General of Operational Policy Bureau; Director General of Personnel and Education Bureau; Director General of Finance and Equipment Bureau; and Director General of Defense Policy Bureau before serving as the 1st Vice Minister of Defense for International Affairs in 2014. Mr. Tokuchi retired from JMOD in 2015.

He is currently the President of Research Institute for Peace and Security and Senior Research Advisor for NPI.

 

VADM(Ret.) Iduru Fukumoto, Former President, Maritime Staff College

VADM(Ret.) Fukumoto graduated from National Defense Academy and served in the Japan Maritime Defense Force (JMSDF), during which he performed various operational assignments including as a Surface Warfare Officer. He was also the Defense Attaché to Turkey and Commander of Mine Warfare Force, JMSDF, before taking office as President Maritime Staff College. Since retiring from the JMSDF, he has served various advisory positions including Senior Advisor for the National Security Council and Advisor for the Headquarters for Ocean Policy at the Cabinet Office of Japan.

He is currently a member of the Maritime Security Study Group.

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