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CIC Vancouver: Converging and Diverging Interest in the Indo-Pacific: Balancing National Interests in an Era of Great Power Rivalry

July 16, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm PDT


The CIC Vancouver is pleased to host our second members-only event as part of the Indo-Pacific Working Group.

The 21st century’s central economic, political and security nexus will be centred in the Indo-Pacific region, stretching from North and South America, through the Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean to the east coast of Africa. Importantly, the region will be the location in which current and future great power rivalry. Countries such as Canada, Australia, Japan, and others will need to find ways to balance their economic and security interests as great power rivalries place increased demands on their traditional allies and friends. Key questions they face include identifying what are their converging and diverging interests in the region. What is the importance, purpose and concept of the Indo-Pacific from their respective nation states’ interests? How can they cooperate to consolidate those converging interests and how can they best insulate themselves from an intensification of Sino-US rivalry in the region? Through a comparative study, this presentation aims to delve into these lines of inquiry to offer a road map to an inclusive, rules-based Indo-Pacific region.

Speaker’s Biography

Stephen Nagy is originally from Calgary, Canada. He is a senior associate professor at the International Christian University based in Tokyo. Concurrently, he is a distinguished fellow with Canada’s Asia Pacific Foundation and was appointed China expert with Canada’s China Research Partnership. He also holds fellowship positions with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute (CGAI) and the Japan Institute for International Affairs (JIIA). He was selected for the 2018 CSIS AILA Leadership Fellowship in Washington.

He was an assistant professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong from December 2009 to January 2014. He earned his Ph.D. from Waseda University, Japan, in international relations in 2008. His recent funded research project is “Sino-Japanese Relations in the Wake of the 2012 Territorial Disputes: Investigating Changes in Japanese Business’ Trade and Investment Strategy in China.” Currently, he is conducting a long-term research project entitled “Perceptions and Drivers of Chinese Views on Japanese and U.S. Foreign Policy in the Region” funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and participating in a book project called Chinese International Relations Theory: As Emerging from Practice and Policy. He has published widely in peer-reviewed international journals such as China Perspectives, East Asia, the Journal of Asian Politics and History, Strategic Analysis, and the International Studies Review on topics related to trade, nationalism, Japanese maritime security policy, and China-Japan relations.


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