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9. December 2022

Online workshop on Abe’s Legacy for the Future of Japanese-Southeast Asian Relations

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The assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on 8 July 2022 stunned the world. As Japan’s longest serving prime minister (2006–07; 2012–20), Abe shaped the country’s politics like few of his predecessors. His political legacy is most visible in the arena of international politics. Abe introduced the idea of an Indo-Pacific region into geopolitical discourse and envisioned a foreign policy based on the rule of law, human rights, and democracy. Southeast Asia is the heart of this region. But the region’s countries also are diverse in terms of economic development, political regimes, and geopolitical positioning. This online workshop will explore the legacy of the Abe government from the perspective of Southeast Asian countries through case studies of their bilateral relations with Japan, including Indonesia (Bima Prawira Utama), the Philippines (Karl Ian Cheng Chua), Singapore (Kei Koga), Thailand (David M. Malitz), and Vietnam (Hoang Minh Hang). Details and registration here