The Japan Foundation, New Delhi invites you to lecture – “India-Japan Relations: Assessing the security cooperation”.

At the dawn of the 21st century Japan was crafting a new strategic policy and found India as a new partner, the foundation of which was laid down by Tokyo’s strategic planners. Japan started the initiative at the end of the Cold War to respond to new challenges to its security and foreign policies. The relationship, between India and Japan acquired a “strategic orientation” in 2006 when both the countries signed strategic partnership and committed to hold summit level talks between the Prime Ministers of the two countries annually. It is interesting to note that at this stage of relationship both the leadership of Japan and India were speaking in same tone and tenor. If Abe floated the idea of a “broader Asia”, based on the “Arc of freedom and Prosperity”, his Indian counterpart talked of creating “an ‘arc of advantage and prosperity’ across Asia, laying the foundation for the creation of an Asian Economic Community.”

Both the countries have come forward to secure freedom of navigation and freedom of over-flights and have deepened their cooperation in the fields of security especially maritime security. However, this cooperation is not to challenge any country in the region but to secure their economic security which depends on hassle free passage of inbound and outbound goods through high seas.


Speaker : Dr. Shamshad Ahmad Khan
Research Fellow at Indian Council of World Affairs

Date    : 19th October, 2015
Time   : 18:30 ~
Venue : The Japan Foundation, New Delhi

Entry Free


About the Speaker

Shamshad Ahmad Khan has a PhD degree in Japanese Studies from School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He keenly follows developments in India-Japan relations. He was a Mombukagakusho fellow at Waseda University, Tokyo while he was pursuing his PhD. Later on he has been associated with various institutes in Japan including Slavic Research Centre, Hokkaido University (December 2010 to March 2011), Institute for Developing Economies (November 2012 to February 2012) and Japan Institute of International Affairs (December 2014 to January 2015) as Visiting Research Fellow. He has also been associated with Indian think tanks such as Institute of Defense Studies and Analyses (2009-2013) and Indian Council of World Affairs (2013 onwards). Because of his contribution to Japanese Studies at this young age he was awarded with Nakasone Yasuhiro by Japan’s former Prime Minister Nakasone Yasuhiro in 2011.