New Roadmaps for Asia: The 'Free and Open Indo-Pacific' and the 'Quad'


Asia: Beyond the Headlines

Prime Minister Abe, President Trump, and Prime Minister Modi pose for a photo after a meeting at the G20 meetings in Argentina

President Trump meeting with Prime Minister Abe and Prime Minister Modi at the G20 Summit (Shealah Craighead/Flickr).

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The last two years have seen a rise in uncertainty and anxiety in much of Asia, as long-standing assumptions about regional security have been called into question. Meanwhile, two ideas are gaining traction: the “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” (FOIP) and the Quadrilateral Security Dialogues (the “Quad”) — made up of Australia, India, Japan, and the U.S. Both ideas are generally credited to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, with the Quad first raised in his vision for Japan in 2006, and the FOIP first used in his speech to the Indian parliament in 2007. Both ideas may alter the geopolitical order of the region, and shape the nature of U.S. engagement with more than half the world’s population.

Join us for a discussion with Asia Society Policy Institute Vice President Daniel Russel and two special guests from Asia with intimate experience at the highest levels of their respective government’s foreign policy establishments. The Hon. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, former foreign secretary of India, and the Hon. Akitaka Saiki, former vice minister for foreign affairs of Japan, will share their perspectives on the FOIP and the Quad, and what the future holds for the region.


Subrahmanyam Jaishankar

The Hon. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar is President of Global Corporate Affairs at Tata Group. He served as India’s Foreign Secretary from January 2015 to January 2018, where he played a key role in negotiating the India-U.S. civilian nuclear agreement. He joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1977 and held key roles during his career, including stints as High Commissioner to Singapore, and Ambassador to China and the U.S.

Akitaka Saiki

The Hon. Akitaka Saiki is member of the board at Mitsubishi Corporation, previously having served as corporate adviser to the company. Prior to joining the Mitsubishi Corporation, he served in Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he most recently served as Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs and Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs. He also served as Ambassador to India and Bhutan, and as Director-General of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau.

Daniel Russel

Daniel Russel is Vice President for International Security and Diplomacy at the Asia Society Policy Institute. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service at the U.S. Department of State, he most recently served as the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. He served at the White House as Special Assistant to the President and National Security Council Senior Director for Asian Affairs, where he helped formulate President Obama’s strategic rebalance to the Asia Pacific region.

 This program is made possible in coordination with the Asia Society Policy Institute.

And our outreach partner: Young Professionals in Foreign Policy.

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

Event Details

Tue 19 Mar 2019
6:30 - 8 p.m.

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