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Asian World Center (AWC) 2021-2022 Florick World Affairs Lecture Series

Topic: The Assassination of Shinzo Abe and His Political Legacy In the Troubled Times of Japan

The AWC concludes the 2021-2022 Florick World Affairs Lecture Series with the last and in-person presentation "The Assassination of Shinzo Abe and His Political Legacy In the Troubled Times of Japan" on November 18, 2022, starting at 12:30 pm in room 105 at the Skutt Student Center. Buffet-style lunch is provided, limited seats, first come first serve.

This event is sponsored by the Creighton Department of Political Science & International Relations. 

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About Our Speaker:

Davis Florick is assigned in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy where he is working on the issues of Afghanistan and over-the-horizon counterterrorism. Previously, he served as the Chief of Staff for the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Global Security and as a Special Assistant for the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. Davis was the number two author for both the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review and the 2019 Missile Defense Review. Mr. Florick earned a master's degree in East-West Studies from Creighton University and a second master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Virginia. He is currently working on a PhD in Political Science from Missouri State University. His non-DoD think tank endeavors include a 2016 WSD-Handa Non-resident Fellowship with the Pacific Forum (Honolulu, HI) and a Senior Fellowship with the Human Security Centre (London, UK). In 2015, Davis graduated from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Nuclear Scholars Initiative program. Davis has been interviewed, in print, by “Voice of America” regarding North Korean tunnels under the Demilitarized Zone and, on public television, with “Consider This…” where he discussed the upheaval in the Ukraine.

Lecture Summary

Shinzo Abe’s political legacy was his ability to pull Japan to meet the threat posed by China. Shinzo Abe’s second term as Prime Minister started with two tremendous challenges: (1) China’s increasingly threatening posture toward Japan and (2) Japan’s continued economic stagnation. By changing Japanese defense policy, Prime Minister Abe put the Japanese military on a much stronger footing against China. The military is now better resourced, can start thinking about what collective self-defense with the United States and other regional partners might look like, and is better able to execute overseas operations. As a result, Tokyo has better capabilities and is seen by adversaries, particularly in Beijing and Pyongyang, as having greater credibility. Taken together, this gives Japan a stronger deterrent. Under Prime Minister Abe Japan also strengthened its regional policies, improving diplomatic and economic relationships through Asia, including Southeast, South, and Central Asia. Although Japan cannot compete with China’s largesse, its technological prowess and the reputational value it brings to bear make it an attractive partner for many states in these developing regions. Prime Minister Abe Japan’s strengths to gradually strengthen regional integration and help prevent China’s ability to coerce a number of regional partners. While his domestic policies did not succeed in the same manner, his foreign economic policies played an important role in preserving Japan’s relationships in Asia. Taken together, Shinzo Abe’s political legacy will be the path he put Japan on to meet the threat posed by China.

North American Korean Philosophy Association: Annual Conference

Creighton University’s Asian World Center is proud to host and sponsor 2022 NAKPA (North American Korean Philosophy Association) Annual Conference. The meetings, with about 20 speakers from all over the world and many of them from Asia, will take place at our own campus at Room 2046 in Harper Center on November 14 (Monday), the first day of the three-day conference in Omaha. This year, the theme of the NAKPA conference is: "Korean Philosophy and the World”. All lectures and panels are free and open to the public. We are also pleased to host Professor Robert Buswell, Jr. (UCLA), world-renowned expert on East Asian Buddhism (Korean and Sinitic Buddhism) as our keynote speaker on Nov. 14 (Monday)17:00-18:00. Prof. Robert E. Buswell, Jr. will deliver the lecture entitled “Chinul’s Centrality to the Korean Buddhist Philosophical Tradition”. Everyone is welcome. For details of the program please see the attached link concerning lectures and panels. For questions, contact Professor Maorong Jiang (maorongjiang@creighton.edu) or Professor Halla Kim of Sogang University of South Korea (kim.halla@hotmail.com)

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