MGIMO Hosts Forum on Northeast Asia

MGIMO Hosts Forum on Northeast Asia

4 April 2019

April 4th, a forum on the current situation in Northeast Asia and the region’s development prospects took place at MGIMO, with the participation of experts from Japan, China and the United States, as well as MGIMO lecturers.

The University’s Vice-Rector for Research Evgeny Kozhokin greeted the guests on behalf of the Rector Anatoly Torkunov and gave a few opening remarks. He noted that the melt of the ice in the Arctic has changed the geopolitical and economic situation in Northeast Asia, opening up new opportunities for cooperation along the Northern Sea Route. The Vice-Rector emphasized the vulnerability of the environment in these regions and the need to develop an international cooperation strategy to ensure their protection.

The forum was divided into two thematic blocks. The first one was moderated by the Chair of MGIMO’s Diplomacy Department Alexander Panov and the Japanese Ambassador to Russia, Toyohisa Kodzuki and among the speakers were Nobuo Shimotomai, a professor at Hosei University, a Vice-Rector of the Institute of World Economics and Politics, the Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress Glen Fukushima and the Chair of the Department of Asian and African Studies, Dmitry Streltsov.

The second part of the forum was moderated by the Chairman of the Asia-Pacific forum, K. Tanaka and was attended by faculty members of the Department of Asian and African Studies, the Department of Diplomacy, the Center for Comprehensive Chinese Studies and Regional Projects, the School of International Journalism and others. The guests underscored the outstanding level of the intellectual exchange, which shed a new light on recent trends in Northeast Asia.

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