Weathering Storms Together: Trilateral Forum Tokyo
The sixth Trilateral Forum Tokyo took place in the midst of a literal typhoon that reminded participants of the turbulent geopolitics and times we find ourselves in. Since the beginning of these Japan-US-Europe trilateral strategic dialogues, areas of common interest in economic and security terms, particularly external pressures, have always guided the forum, but increasingly given the strains internally faced by these three “like-minded” democracies the focus on best practices has been increased.
Given the pace of global diplomacy and the increasingly fraught geopolitical environment it seemed fair to ask, “Are we stronger together? Or better off alone?” Following the seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development, convened by the government of Japan that brought over 40 national leaders and before the UN General Assembly and Europa Connectivity Forum, where Prime Minister Shinzo Abe eloquently articulated the need for Eurasia’s poles to come “together to the end,” the answer from the Trilateral Forum Tokyo was clear: America, Europe, and Japan are stronger together.