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MARITIME DISCUSSION SERIES #2 – Japan’s Strategy for Indo-Pacific Maritime Security



Virtual Event


Dr. Narushige Michishita
Vice President & Professor of International Security
National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Tokyo


Cdr. John Bradford, USN
CFR-Hitachi International Affairs Fellow
National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Tokyo 

Hosted in partnership with the Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies (YCAPS)

Live Online Via Zoom

Monday, April 27, 2020
DC / NEW YORK: 9:30 – 10:45 PM
HONOLULU: 3:30 – 4:45 PM

Tuesday, April 28, 2020
TOKYO / SEOUL: 10:30 – 11:45 AM

Registration required:

 width=Dr. Narushige Michishita is professor and Vice-President at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Tokyo. Previously, he was Japan Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Asia Programme in Washington, DC. Previous positions include senior research fellow at the National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS), Ministry of Defense and assistant counselor at the Cabinet Secretariat for Security and Crisis Management of the Government of Japan. He is author of numerous publications and of North Korea’s Military-Diplomatic Campaigns, 1966–2008. He acquired his Ph.D. with distinction in International Relations from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University.

 width=Cdr. John F. Bradford
is a Council on Foreign Relations-Hitachi International Affairs Fellow placed at Tokyo’s Graduate Research Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS). His active research agenda focused on Asian security with special attention given to maritime issues and cooperative affairs. His written work can be found in journals such as Contemporary Southeast Asia, Asia Policy, Asian Security, Asian Survey, Naval War College Review, and Naval Institute Proceedings as well is in edited volumes, online publications and monographs published by leading international think tanks. As a U.S. Navy officer he served as Commanding Officer, Executive Officer, Combat Systems Officer, Chief Engineer, Navigator, and First Lieutenant in ships forward-deployed to Japan. His staff assignments included Regional Cooperation Coordinator for the U.S. Seventh Fleet, Country Director for Japan in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and Asia-Pacific Politico-military Officer on the Navy Staff.  As an Olmsted Scholar, CDR Bradford studied in the Department of Political Science at Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia and completed an MSc (Strategic Studies) from the Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore. He is also a graduate of Japan’s National Institute of Defense Studies.

In partnership with Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies (YCAPS), Pacific Forum’s MARITIME DISCUSSION SERIES features military and civilian leaders, international security experts, and scholars discussing the most pressing maritime issues in the Indo-Pacific region.

For more information, please contact Audrey Happ: [email protected].