Date: Aug 29, 2022
Is the India-Japan partnership Sustainable?: The Indo-Pacific in the Age of Ukraine Crisis

What geoeconomic impacts do the Ukraine crisis and the US-China competition have on the India-Japan partnership in both global and regional contexts, respectively? The Ukraine crisis identified policy chasms between Tokyo and New Delhi over Russia. Japan has been aligning with Western countries to sanction Russia, while India, which has traditionally relied on Russia for its arms procurement, has abstained from the UN vote to condemn Russia’s invasion into Ukraine. Is this cleavage so serious as to disable the partnership, or can the partnership be sustainable despite the differences about Russia? Looking into the Indo-Pacific region, the US has taken more serious ‘de-coupling’ approaches to deal with the harsh geoeconomic competition with China, and it then launched the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF). What expectations do India and Japan  have and what role the India-Japan partnership can play to make the IPEF workable?

The Japan Forum on International Relations will invite experts from both India and Japan to discuss the bilateral relations that influence the order of the Indo-Pacific region in two sessions. In the first session, former senior Indian and Japanese government officials will discuss challenges posed by the ongoing war in Ukraine on the India-Japan partnership. In the second session, scholars on geoeconomics from both countries will examine the implications of the IPEF launched by the Biden administration for the India-Japan partnership.

12:00 PM - 12:10 PM | Opening Remarks | WATANABE Mayu, Sunjoy Joshi

12:10 PM - 12:40 PM | Session 1: What does the Ukraine Crisis mean for the India-Japan Partnership? | Purnendra Jain, Preeti Saran, Nandan Unnikrishnan, OKABE Midori, KAWAI Masahiro (Moderator)

12:40 PM - 01:10 PM | Session 2: What does IPEF mean for the India-Japan Partnership? | Mihir Swarup Sharma, TERADA Takashi, Srabani Roy Choudhury, MIURA Hideyuki, Jhanvi Tripathi (Moderator)

01:10 PM - 01:55 PM | Q&A Session

01:55 PM - 02:00 PM | Concluding Remarks | TERADA Takashi