Lecture or Seminar

Alliances under Trump: Burden-Sharing and Beyond

The Asia Research Centre Public Seminar Series

Guest Speaker: Dr Michito Tsuruoka

While Japanese leaders claim that the state of the Japan-US alliance has never been better, an increasing number of European leaders and experts argue that Europe can no longer rely on the US. How could we make sense of the state of US alliances under Trump? What similarities and differences can we find in Trump’s approach to the US alliances in the Asia-Pacific on one hand, and NATO on the other? Enhancing burden-sharing is of top priority for the Trump administration. But how can we measure it? Just focusing on the amount of defence budget cannot be adequate.

Brief Biography

Prior to joining the Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University in April 2017, Dr Tsuruoka was a Senior Research Fellow at the National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS: Bouei kenkyuusho), Ministry of Defense since 2009. While at NIDS, he was seconded to the Ministry of Defense as a Deputy Director of the International Policy Division, Bureau of Defense Policy from 2012 to 2013, where he was in charge of multilateral security and defence cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region, mainly the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus (ADMM-Plus) and the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF). He also served as a Visiting Fellow at Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI) from 2013 to 2014. Before joining NIDS, Dr Tsuruoka was a Resident Fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) and served as a Special Adviser for NATO at the Embassy of Japan in Belgium from 2005 to 2008.

Dr Tsuruoka studied politics and international relations at Keio University (Faculty of Law, graduated in 1998) and Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. (as an exchange student from Keio in 1999-2000) and received a PhD in War Studies from King’s College London.

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