The defence reforms included in Japan’s 2022 ‘strategic documents’ raise expectations of a shift not just in terms of national defence, but potentially the regional balance of power. In the space of a few short years, Japan is on track to become one of the world’s top spenders on defence, with the ability to respond to attacks at a greater range, and with greater speed and effectiveness, than was the case even at the height of the Cold War.

Professor Hughes will explore the factors driving these changes and the challenges in implementing them. He will also reflect on what this tells us about the broader security dynamics of East Asia.

The briefing will be chaired by Dr Philip Shetler-Jones, Senior Research Fellow for Indo-Pacific Security at RUSI.

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About the speaker

Professor Chris Hughes

Professor Chris Hughes

Professor of International Politics and Japanese Studies in PAIS, University of Warwick

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