18-02-21 | An Indo-Pacific Axis: Future of QUAD and Maritime Cooperation in the East

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An Indo-Pacific Axis: Future of QUAD and Maritime Cooperation in the East


18th February 2021


About the Programme

Amidst the growing geostrategic concerns, QUAD has picked up momentum to integrate four key maritime democracies with a shared vision for promoting security, prosperity and values of democracy. Quad has expanded in scope and upgraded in representation with a growing convergence of US, Japan and Australia with India on the geo-strategic challenges in the region. The session will focus on Quad’s ability to formalise economic and technology partnerships alongside security cooperation and expansion to Quad-Plus from the Indo-Pacific region.


Michael J. Green, Senior Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair, CSIS; Director of Asian Studies, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

8525337057?profile=RESIZE_180x180Michael Jonathan Green is senior vice president for Asia and Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and director of Asian Studies at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He served on the staff of the National Security Council (NSC) from 2001 through 2005, first as director for Asian affairs with responsibility for Japan, Korea, Australia, and New Zealand, and then as special assistant to the president for national security affairs and senior director for Asia, with responsibility for East Asia and South Asia. Before joining the NSC staff, he was a senior fellow for East Asian security at the Council on Foreign Relations, director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center and the Foreign Policy Institute and assistant professor at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, research staff member at the Institute for Defense Analyses, and senior adviser on Asia in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He also worked in Japan on the staff of a member of the National Diet.

Dr. Green is also a non-resident fellow at the Lowy Institute in Sydney, Australia, a distinguished scholar at the Asia Pacific Institute in Tokyo, and professor by special appointment at Sophia University in Tokyo. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Strategy Group, the America Australia Leadership Dialogue, the advisory boards of Radio Free Asia and the Center for a New American Security, and the editorial boards of the Washington Quarterly and the Journal of Unification Studies in Korea. He also serves as a trustee at the Asia Foundation, senior adviser at the Asia Group, and associate of the U.S. Intelligence Community. Dr. Green has authored numerous books and articles on East Asian security, including most recently, By More Than Providence: Grand Strategy and American Power in the Asia Pacific Since 1783 (Columbia University Press, 2017). He received his master’s and doctoral degrees from SAIS and did additional graduate and postgraduate research at Tokyo University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his bachelor’s degree in history from Kenyon College with highest honors. He holds a black belt in Iaido (sword) and has won international prizes on the great highland bagpipe.

Raja MohanDirector, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore

8525341058?profile=RESIZE_400xProfessor C Raja Mohan is Director of the Institute of South Asian Studies, at National University of Singapore (NUS). Earlier, he was Professor of South Asian Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Professor Mohan has been associated with a number of think tanks in New Delhi, including the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses, the Centre for Policy Research and the Observer Research Foundation. He was also the founding director of Carnegie India, New Delhi – the sixth international centre of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington DC.

Professor Mohan was the Henry Alfred Kissinger Chair in International Affairs at the United States Library of Congress, Washington DC, from 2009 to 2010. He served on India’s National Security Advisory Board. He led the Indian Chapter of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs from 1999 to 2006. Professor Mohan is one of India’s leading commentators on India’s foreign policy. He writes a regular column for the Indian Express and was earlier the strategic affairs editor for The Hindu newspaper, Chennai. He is on the editorial boards of a number of Indian and international journals on world politics. Professor Mohan has a master’s degree in nuclear physics and a PhD in international relations. Among his recent books are Samudra Manthan: Sino-Indian Rivalry in the Indo-Pacific (2013) and Modi’s World: Expanding India’s Sphere of Influence (2015).

Tomohiko TaniguchiProfessor, Keio University Graduate School of System Design and Management and Special Adviser to Prime Minister ABE, Shinzo's Cabinet (ret.)

8525356070?profile=RESIZE_400xTANIGUCHI, Tomohiko, PhD, is Professor, Keio University Graduate School of System Design and Management. He is also a Special Adviser to Prime Minister ABE, Shinzo's Cabinet. LL.B. from the University of Tokyo, he spent 20 years in journalism before joining Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2005 as Deputy Press Secretary. He spent the next 3 years writing speeches for Foreign Minister ASO, Taro. Since January 2013, he has worked with Prime Minister Abe as his primary foreign policy speech writer.

While in journalism he was a Fulbright visiting fellow at Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, 1991-92, spent three years in London, 1997-2000, during which Foreign Press Association in London elected him President, the first from Asia, and spent a sabbatical at Shanghai Institute for International Studies, 2002-03. Between 2008 and 2012 he was an Executive Advisor at JR-Central. He has published books on Mr. Abe, modern history and international affairs.


Ambassador Gautam BambawaleFormer Ambassador of India to Bhutan, China & High Commissioner to Pakistan and Distinguished Fellow, Ananta Centre 

 8530587895?profile=RESIZE_400xAmbassador (Retd) Gautam Bambawale was a member of the Indian Foreign Service from 1984 to 2018.  He was India’s Ambassador to Bhutan, Pakistan and China. Bambawale was stationed in Washington DC in 2004-07 during the Indo- US nuclear deal which was transformed ties between the two countries.

He has been India’s first Consul General in Guangzhou (China) 2007-09. He was Director of the Indian Cultural Centre, Berlin 1994-98. Ambassador Bambawale worked in the Prime Minister’s Office 2002-04. At the Ministry of External Affairs, he was Joint Secretary for East Asia from 2009-2014. Bambawale has dealt with China for 15 years of his 34-year diplomatic career. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and German.

Ambassador Bambawale is currently Distinguished Professor, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences,Symbiosis  International  University,  Pune  and  teaches  a  course  on Diplomacy  and  International Governance at the Symbiosis School of International Studies. He has an M.Phil in Economics from the Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune.




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