Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy Amid COVID-19 and Beyond

July 1, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Mānoa Campus, Zoom Webinars

Please join us for a Virtual Public Seminar
Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy Amid COVID-19 and Beyond featuring
Kristi Govella, Assistant Professor, University of Hawaii at Manoa, and
Crystal Pryor, Director of Non-proliferation, Technology, and Fellowships, Pacific Forum

The COVID-19 pandemic has dominated headlines around the world in 2020 and complicated an already tangled web of political, economic, and security dynamics in the Asian region. How has COVID-19 affected Japanese politics and the outlook for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe? Have there been significant shifts in Japanese foreign economic and security policy during the pandemic, or do we see more continuity than change? This webinar will address recent developments in Japan’s domestic affairs as well as its external diplomacy.

Kristi Govella is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Hawai?i at M?noa, an Adjunct Fellow at the East-West Center, and an Adjunct Fellow at Pacific Forum. Her work deals with the intersection of economics, politics, and security in Asia, with a particular focus on Asian regionalism and Japanese politics. She is currently working on a number of projects related to economic statecraft, regional institutional architecture, trade agreements, multinational firms, recent Japanese security reforms, and the global commons. Her publications include Linking Trade and Security: Evolving Institutions and Strategies in Asia, Europe, and the United States (2013). Prior to joining the University of Hawaii, Dr. Govella was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University and an Associate Professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. She has also been a visiting research fellow at the University of Tokyo and Waseda University. She holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. in Political Science and Japanese from the University of Washington.

Crystal Pryor is Director of Non-proliferation, Technology, and Fellowships at Pacific Forum, where she focuses on nonproliferation in Asia and is developing a research agenda on cybersecurity policy. She has researched U.S.-Japan outer space security cooperation, strategic trade control implementation in advanced countries, and Japan’s defense industry and arms exports. She is an Adjunct Fellow at the East-West Center. Prior to joining Pacific Forum, Dr. Pryor held a postdoctoral fellowship in the U.S.-Japan relations program at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. She has worked for the University of Washington as an instructor of political science and international relations, and for the State Department at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo.

Organized by the Office of External Affairs and co-sponsored by the Center for Japanese Studies (UHM), Department of Asian Studies (UHM), and the Pacific Forum.

This seminar will take place entirely on Zoom via its Webinar platform.

Date and Time:
Wednesday, July 1
11 am – 12 pm Hawaii Time (5 pm - 6 pm EDT)

This seminar will be on-the-record and recorded on Zoom for sharing afterwards.

To register for this program and receive approval to join, please click here: https://eastwestcenter.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9KKKW4oISGyeKLx_T4MLJA

Please register by June 30, 5 pm Hawaii Time (11pm EDT)


Upon registering for this webinar, our team will first approve your registration and you will then receive a confirmation email. If you do not, please check your Spam folder. If you still do not see the email within 24 hours or have other questions please email Mr. Dana Almodova at almodovd@eastwestcenter.org. The confirmation email will provide you with a unique link to join the seminar. Do not share this with anyone else.

Please plan to join the webinar as early as 10:45 am if possible. Once you have joined, you will not be visible or audible to the speakers or audience and may just wait for the program to begin. As an attendee in a Zoom Webinar, your microphone will be muted and video turned off from the start of the presentation to cut down on noise interference and to maintain security.

The Q&A session will occur at the end of the webinar presentation. You are more than welcome to type your questions into the Q&A box throughout the presentation. We will address questions in the order that they are asked.

NOTE: If you are planning to call in on a phone without smart capabilities you will not be able to participate in the Q&A session.

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Dana Almodova
Email: almodovd@eastwestcenter.org

Event Sponsor
East-West Center, Mānoa Campus

More Information
Dana Almodova, 944-7290, almodovd@eastwestcenter.org, https://eastwestcenter.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9KKKW4oISGyeKLx_T4MLJA

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