The Japan Symposium 2020

The Japan Symposium 2020

Australia, Japan and INDIA STRENGTHENING trilateral strategic relationships in the indo-pacific

In collaboration with Japanese Consulate in Perth, the Perth USAsia Centre will convene the Japan Symposium 2020 in February. This is the third annual iteration of a forum for policymakers, business and academic leaders to discuss issues of shared concern in the Indo-Pacific.

On Monday 17th a private full day dialogue will be held followed by a public event on Tuesday 18th.

This year’s Symposium will explore the topic Australia, Japan and India: Strengthening trilateral strategic relationships. It will bring together senior officials, experts and strategic thinkers from Australia, Japan and India. The Symposium will facilitate expert-led discussion about the complex strategic challenges the three nations face in the Indo-Pacific region, and enhance cooperation between them in the economic and security realms.

Date and time: Tuesday 18 February, 9.00am - 10.30am
Location: The University Club of Western Australia Auditorium, The University of Western Australia
Cost: Free (registration is essential, all catering is provided and only limited seating available)

An overview of the 2018 and 2019 Japan Symposia is available at the links provided.
Dr Jeffrey Wilson -

Dr Jeffrey Wilson

Research Director, Perth USAsia Centre.​

Dr Jeffrey Wilson is the Research Director at the Perth USAsia Centre. He provides leadership and strategic direction in developing the Centre’s research program across its publications, policy and dialogue activities.
Dr Wilson specialises in the regional economic integration of the Indo-Pacific. He has particular expertise in the politics of trade agreements, regional economic institutions, and Australia’s economic ties with Asia. He has been featured in local and international media outlets, contributed to a range of track two dialogues between Australia and key regional partners, and supported policy development through consultancy, publication and advisory work.

Bonji Ohara -

Bonji Ohara

Senior Fellow, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation

Mr. Bonji Ohara graduated from the National Defense Academy in 1985 and completed a master’s program at the University of Tsukuba in 1998. He enrolled in the General Course of the NIDS in 2001. Mr. Ohara was stationed in China between 2003 and 2006 as a Naval Attaché and became a chief of the intelligence section, Maritime Staff Office in MoD, in 2006; Commanding Officer of the 21st flight squadron in 2009. Mr. Ohara worked for IHS Jane’s from 2011 as an analyst and business development manager, and for the Tokyo Foundation as a Director of Research before assuming the position of Senior Fellow in the Sasakawa Peace Foundation in June 2017.

Darshana M. Baruah -

Darshana M. Baruah

Visiting Fellow, Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Tokyo
Nonresident Scholar, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Darshana M. Baruah is currently a visiting fellow at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Tokyo, where she is working on a book about the significance of strategic islands in the Indian Ocean region. She is also a nonresident scholar with the South Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Her primary research focuses on maritime security in Asia and the role of the Indian Navy in a new security architecture. Her work also examines the strategic implications of China’s infrastructure and connectivity projects as well as trilateral partnerships in the Indo-Pacific.

Previously, Baruah was the associate director and a senior research analyst at Carnegie India where she led the center’s initiative on maritime security. As the associate director, Baruah’s institutional responsibilities included coordinating and overseeing the centre’s development, outreach, and institutional partnerships. While at Carnegie India, Baruah also coordinated and led various track 1.5 dialogues and seminars, such as the India-Australia-France trilateral dialogue, India-Japan-Sri Lanka trilateral dialogue, India-EU dialogue, and India-UK maritime dialogue, among others. Her research projects included work on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands as well as trilateral partnerships and strategic connectivity projects in the Indo-Pacific.

Dr Jagannath Panda -

Dr Jagannath Panda

Research Fellow, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA)

Dr. Jagannath P. Panda is a Research Fellow and Centre Coordinator for East Asia at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi, India. He is an expert on India-China Relations, China, Indo-Pacific security, Indian Foreign Policy and Korean peninsula. Dr. Panda is also the Series Editor for Routledge Studies on Think Asia. Dr. Panda is the author of the book India-China Relations: Politics of Resources, Identity and Authority in a Multipolar World Order (Routledge: 2017). He is also the author of the book China’s Path to Power: Party, Military and the Politics of State Transition (Pentagon Press: 2010). He is also the editor of the newly released edited volume India and China in Asia: Between Equations and Equilibrium (Routledge, 2019). Dr. Panda is a Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Asian Public Policy (Routledge). He has published in leading peer-reviewed journals like Rising Powers Quarterly, Journal of Asian Public Policy (Routledge), Journal of Asian and African Studies (Sage), Asian Perspective (Lynne Reiner), Journal of Contemporary China (Routledge), Georgetown Journal of Asian Affairs (Georgetown), Strategic Analyses (Routledge), China Report (Sage), Indian Foreign Affairs Journal (MD Publication), Portuguese Journal of International Affairs (Euro Press) etc.

Dr Priya Chacko -

Dr Priya Chacko

Senior Lecturer, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Adelaide

Dr Priya Chacko is a Senior Lecturer in International Politics in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Adelaide and a Visiting Academic Fellow of the Australia-India Institute at the University of Melbourne.
Dr Chacko specialises in the politics, political economy and foreign policy of India, and the geopolitics and geoeconomics of the Indo-Pacific region with a particular focus on the economics-security nexus and contestations over regional order. She has published extensively on these issues in academic outlets and contributes commentary on these topics for the Australian and international media. She has been a part of the Australian delegations to the India-Australia 1.5 Track Defence Strategic Dialogue and an Indian Ocean Rim Association 1.5 Track Dialogue.
Dr Chacko is President of the South Asian Studies Association of Australia and is the South Asia Councillor for the Asian Studies Association of Australia.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts (International Relations)(Honours) from the University of Queensland and a PhD in Politics from the University of Adelaide.

Professor L. Gordon Flake  -

Professor L. Gordon Flake

CEO, Perth USAsia Centre

Professor L. Gordon Flake is the founding CEO of the Perth USAsia Centre, a position he assumed in January of 2014. He was previously Executive Director of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, a Senior Fellow and Associate Director of the Program on Conflict Resolution at The Atlantic Council of the United States and prior to that Director for Research and Academic Affairs at the Korea Economic Institute of America. Read more

Professor Stephen Smith -

Professor Stephen Smith

Former Minister for Defence and Minister for Foreign Affairs

Professor Stephen Smith has been a Professor of Public International Law at the University of Western Australia since 2014. He is currently the Chairman of archTIS, Chairman of Sapien Cyber, Chair of the Advisory Board of the UWA Public Policy Institute, a member of the Board of the Perth USAsia Centre and a Member of the Board of the LNG Marine Fuel Institute. Professor Smith was Federal Member for Perth for the Australian Labor Party from March 1993 until September 2013. In a distinguished career spanning 20 years in the Australian Federal Parliament, Professor Smith served as the Minister for Defence, and prior to that, as Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Trade.
Following upon his retirement from the Australian Parliament in 2013, Professor Smith was a member of the EY (Ernst and Young) Oceania Government and Public Sector Advisory Board (2014 - 2017), Chair of the Asia Desk and a member of the Advisory Board of Perth Law firm Lavan (2014 – 2017), and a member of the Board of Hockey Australia (2013 - 2016). Professor Smith completed his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws at the University of Western Australia, and has practised as a Barrister and Solicitor in Perth. He completed a Master of Laws in Public International Law at London University, and subsequently lectured and tutored in Law in London.