"Abe's Foreign Policy: Pragmatic Realism or Emotional Nationalism?" by Ambassador Kazuhiko Togo
Sponsored by the Rising Powers Initiative
Monday, February 25, 2013
12:30 - 1:45pm
The Elliott School of International Affairs
Lindner Commons, 1957 E Street, NW; Room 602
Washington, DC 20052
After becoming Japan's prime minister again in December 2012, Shinzo Abe has been criticized in the Western media for his revisionist views on history and his nationalistic agenda. Back in 2006, however, Prime Minister Abe pragmatically exercised restraint on pilgrimages to the Yasukuni Shrine and pursued an ice-breaking diplomacy with China. Will Abe again act as a pragmatic realist or will he pursue a foreign policy fueled by emotional nationalism?
Kazuhiko Togo, (Ph.D. 2009, Leiden University) is Professor and Director of the Institute for World Affairs, Kyoto Sangyo University since 2010. He served in the Japanese Foreign Ministry from 1968, working on Russia, the U.S., Europe, international law and economics, and retired in 2002 as Ambassador to the Netherlands. Since then, he has taught at universities in Leiden, Princeton, Tamkang (Taiwan), UC Santa Barbara, Seoul and Tokyo.
His recent English language publications include Japan's Foreign Policy 1945-2009 and East Asia's Haunted Present (co-edited). His Japanese language publications include The Inside Story of the Negotiations on the Northern Territories; History and Foreign Policy: Yasukuni, Asia & Tokyo Trial and Japan's Territorial Issues: Northern Territories, Takeshima and Senkaku, co-authored with Masayasu Hosaka . For other books and articles refer to http://kazuhiko-togo.com
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