The Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University presents
Sheila Smith, John E. Merow Senior Fellow for Asia Pacific Studies, Council on Foreign Relations:
“Japan’s Strategic Review.”
2022 is expected to be a watershed year in Japanese strategy. North Korean missile launches and China’s expanding military power have intensified Japanese concerns about their security. But it is tension across the Taiwan Strait that may be the most compelling reason for Japanese decision makers to double their defense spending and invest in offensive capability. In this talk I hope to discuss my findings from a recent trip to Tokyo.
Sheila A. Smith is John E. Merow senior fellow for Asia-Pacific studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). An expert on Japanese politics and foreign policy, she is the author of Japan Rearmed: The Politics of Military Power, Intimate Rivals: Japanese Domestic Politics and a Rising China, and Japan’s New Politics and the U.S.-Japan Alliance. She is also the author of the CFR interactive guide Constitutional Change in Japan. Smith is a regular contributor to the CFR blog Asia Unbound and a frequent contributor to major media outlets in the United States and Asia.