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May 22, 2018

HJS Report Launch: Global Britain in the Indo-Pacific

Henry Jackson Society

Date: 18:00-19:00, Tuesday 22nd May 2018

Location: Committee Room 11, House of Commons,
Palace of Westminster, London, SW1A 0PW

Dr John Hemmings
Director of the Asia Studies Centre at
The Henry Jackson Society

Mr Hayato Hosoya
Academy Fellow at Chatham House

Veerle Nouwens
Research Fellow for Asia Studies at the International Security Studies Department
of the Royal United Services Institute

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While Brexit will present the UK with many challenges in coming years, it is also a unique opportunity to rethink and recast our place in the world.  While we will remain committed to our NATO allies in order to defend Europe from Russian revanchism, Britain will be more flexible and better suited to adapt to global trends and challenges.

In his latest report, Dr John Hemmings argues that the world is going to Asia and it’s going by sea – over the next two the global middle class is set to grow by 40-50% from current levels, with the bulk of that taking place in China and India. Urbanization and industrialization are going to occur in scales not before seen in history, and this explosion in new cities will require new ports and maritime infrastructure to feed the new cities with resources, energy, and consumer goods. If Britain is going to stay prosperous, it will have to relearn its historic role as a great maritime trading power and play a role in this epoch. But going to the Indo-Pacific at this time presents Global Britain with challenges in the geopolitical sphere as well, as Asian powers like India and China that vie for regional hegemony, and as Beijing looks to reshape the international rules-based system upon which Britain and its partners rely. Working together with regional powers like Australia, Japan, Singapore, and the United States, Global Britain will have to make its voice heard in a very important debate that is taking place in Asia. Going to the Indo-Pacific therefore, is not only in Britain’s short-term economic interests, it is also in our long-term national interests.

By kind invitation of Rt Hon. Sir Hugo Swire KCMG MP, The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to an event with Dr John Hemmings, Mr Hayato Hosoya and Veerle Nouwens for a discussion on Global Britain in the Indo-Pacific.

Dr John Hemmings is the founding Director of the Asia Studies Centre at the Henry Jackson Society and an adjunct fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He has a PhD in international relations at the London School of Economics, where he focused on security issues in the Asia Pacific region. He has authored a number of book chapters, academic journals, and newspaper articles commenting on Asia, contributing the Telegraph, the Diplomat, the Lowy Interpreter, and the National Interest.

Mr Hayato Hosoya is an Academy Fellow at Chatham House. From 2014 to 2016, Mr Hosoya worked as a diplomat in the North East Asia Division of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he conducted in-depth research about the security issues in the Korean Peninsula and  led one of the economic sanctions projects against North Korea. His research at Chatham House focuses on cyber security and export control, and he also writes papers and articles about diplomacy in East Asia. He received his Master of Public Policy from the University of Oxford and BA from the University of Tokyo.

Veerle Nouwens is a Research Fellow for Asia Studies at the International Security Studies Department of the Royal United Services Institute, focusing on geopolitical relations in the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to joining RUSI, Veerle worked for the European External Action Service at the Delegation of the European Union to Singapore’s Political, Press and Information Section. Veerle holds an MPhil in Modern Chinese Studies from the University of Oxford, an MA in International Relations and Diplomacy from Leiden University, and a BA in International Relations from Macquarie University.