TOKYO FORUM 2019 Shaping the Future

Parallel Session 2


In Search for Common Security in an Age of Deglobalization
Saturday 7, December
14F Tetsumon Memorial Auditorium, Faculty of Medicine Experimental Research Building
Session Concept
We live in a world where globalization reached a standstill while great power competition has returned with a vengeance, casting dark spells over the future of liberal political institutions. The rise of China, and changes in the distribution of both military and economic power, has brought about severe competition between China and Western nations both in trade and geopolitics. The rise of populist politics in the United States and Europe has changed what used to be the key proponents for a liberal international order to those who put national interest before the need of the international society. With these two developments, we observe an erosion of rule-based international order, along with ominous signs of retreat towards the great power rivalries that had brought about at least two world wars in the past.

How, then, can we achieve common security in this age of globalization? There is a dire need to search alternatives to geopolitical confrontation by addressing common security, a concept that was once popular in the last days of the Russo-American Cold War. In our meeting, which is planned both as sessions of the Tokyo Forum 2019, as well as the 11th annual meeting of the Five University Conference, we will invite distinguished specialists in international studies in order to discuss possible choices that may redirect us from the hazards of deglobalization towards an international order that assures common security that is at once global in scope and sustainable for the future.


Panel 1
9:00-10:30 Changing Technology and its Regional Implications
Moderator: Shiroyama Hideaki (Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy, The University of Tokyo)
Lead questions:

Transition to new generation of information technology, artificial intelligence and energy grid is about to change the global landscape. What are the regional and global implications of the 4th Industrial Revolution? Will new generation of technologies further accelerate geopolitical contestation? Has financial information become a new tool of coercive diplomacy?

  1. Heng Yee Kuang (Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy, The University of Tokyo)
  2. Sahashi Ryo (Associate Professor, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, The University of Tokyo)
  3. Lee Jae-Seung (Professor, Graduate School of International Studies, Korea University)
  4. Lei Shaohua (Assistant Professor, School of International Studies, Peking University)
Panel 2
10:30-12:00 The Way out: Managing Great Power Politics
Moderator: Kim Sung-Han (Dean, Graduate School of International Studies, Korea University)
Lead questions:

Power transition has enhanced geopolitical rivalry, especially in the Asia-Pacific region. How, then, can we de-escalate military conflicts? What would be a security that can be shared as a common goal? Is it still possible to imagine an institutional framework that provides stable cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region?

  1. Kanti Bajpai (Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore)
  2. Peter Trubowitz (Professor, London School of Economics)
  3. Fujiwara Kiichi (Professor, Graduate Schools for Law and Politics, The University of Tokyo)
  4. Zhang Qingmin (Professor, School of International Studies, Peking University)
Wrap-up Discussion
12:10-13:10 Common Security as Global Commons
Moderator: G. John Ikenberry (Professor, Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy, Princeton University)