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The Free and Open Indo-Pacific Region Conference

Organized by Center for Japanese Studies & International Policy Center

Keynote address by Susan Thornton, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs

Thursday, November 08, 2018 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Annenberg Auditorium, 1110 Weill Hall
Susan Thornton

Keynote address on Thursday, November 8, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. in Annenberg Auditorium, 1120 Weill Hall

Two panel discussion on Friday, November 9, 9:00 - 12:45 a.m. in Betty Ford Clasroom, 1110 Weill Hall


Keynote address by Susan Thornton, former acting U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. Ms. Thornton is a distinguished U.S. diplomat centrally involved in the Trump administration’s formulation of a FOIP strategy.

Followed by a two panel discussion on Friday, November 9. The first panel will concentrate on how the FOIP concept applies to East Asia and the Pacific. The second panel will focus on the concept’s relevance and impact in the Indian Ocean region, extending from the Middle East to the Malacca Straits. On each panel, speakers will address how the FOIP concept relates to three major aspects of the Indo-Pacific order: (1) trade and development, (2) regional institutions, and (3) maritime security. Presenters will share their expertise and engage in public dialogue with other participants and the audience with a view to drawing a diverse audience of public stakeholders into the discussion and informing the public on the significance of the geopolitical developments in the faraway region.


Satoshi IkeuchiAssociate Professor, University of Tokyo

Jeffrey Hornung. Political scientist, RAND Corporation

Ken Jimbo, Associate Professor, Keio University

Kei Koga, Assistant Professor, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)

Kenneth Lieberthal, Senior Fellow Emeritus, Brookings Institution

Manjari Chatterjee Miller, Associate Professor, Boston University

Kiyoteru Tsutsui, Professor of Sociology, University of Michigan

John Ciorciari, Associate Professor of Public Policy, University of Michigan




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