SSU Forum: “Disruption and Diversity in Australia’s Economic Security”

  • Date:
    2024.02.27(Tue.)
  • Time:
    15:30-17:40
  • Venue:
    Online Seminar (Zoom Webinar)
    The Zoom Webinar URL will be delivered by email on the day before this event.
  • Host:

    Security Studies Unit (SSU), Institute for Future Initiatives, the University of Tokyo

  • Language:

    English (Japanese simultaneous translation available)

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Overview

Today’s rising competition between China and the United States has blurred the lines between economic and security affairs. Major countries have taken concrete measures to enhance their economic security, including reinforcing their industrial bases, preventing the outflow of sensitive technologies, and tightening export controls. What are the global trends in economic security? How should Japan respond? Since 2022, the Security Studies Unit (SSU) has conducted a research project that seeks to investigate the economic security policies adopted by major countries.

This forum welcomes Jeffrey Wilson, Director of Research and Economics at the Australian Industry Group, to discuss how Australia manages economic security risks. He argues that Australia has had to confront three disruptions to its economic security in recent years: the impact of trade coercion on exports, the impact of supply chain interruptions on imports, and the impact of decarbonization on energy security. Dr. Wilson will discuss how diversification – in both what Australia trades and who it trades with – has become the guiding principle for a new national approach to managing economic security risks. But he also cautioned that diversification has delivered mixed results, with some notable successes alongside ongoing challenges.

This forum also brings together leading experts from academics and business communities for a panel discussion on broader issues in economic security and the current strategic environment.

*This forum is held under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

Panelists

Opening Remarks: Akio Takahara
(Professor, Graduate Schools for Law and Politics / Director of SSU Unit, the University of Tokyo)

Keynote Speaker: Jeffrey Wilson
(Director of Research and Economics, Australian Industry Group)

—Panel discussion—
Discussant 1: Tomohiko Satake
(Associate Professor, School of International Politics, Economics and Communication (SIPEC), Aoyama Gakuin University)

Discussant 2: Arata Kuno
(Professor, Department of International Relations, Faculty of International Relations, Asia University)

Discussant 3: Teruko Wada
(Director, International Affairs Bureau, Japan Business Federation)

Closing Remarks: (TBO)

Moderator: Ryo SAHASHI
(Associate Professor, International Relations Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, the University of Tokyo)