Europe, Asia, and Japan: A Relationship in Need of Engagement?
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- Ambassador Volker Stanzel, Senior Advisor to The German Marshall Fund of the United States, and Former German Ambassador to Japan and China
- Dr. Daniel Twining, Director and Senior Fellow for Asia, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
- Admiral Dennis Blair, Chairman and CEO, Sasakawa USA
With common democratic, economic and global commitments, the relationship between Europe and Japan is dynamic and growing. However, when you view this relationship within the scope of Asia, the many complexities around this relationship begin to emerge. Please join us for a discussion, moderated by Admiral Dennis Blair, with Ambassador Volker Stanzel and Dr. Daniel Twining where they will comment on the current status of the relationship between Europe, Asia, and Japan, address pressing questions about the shift from the mainly economically oriented EU relationship with East/Southeast Asia to a wider-ranging strategic one, the complex trilateral relationship between the U.S., East/Southeast Asia, and Europe, and much more.
Admiral Dennis C. Blair is the chairman of the board and CEO at Sasakawa USA and a renowned expert on Asia Pacific policy and issues, having served as director of National Intelligence and commander in chief of the U.S. Pacific Command. He also serves as a member of the Energy Security Leadership Council and the Aspen Homeland Security Council; and he is on the boards of Freedom House, the National Bureau of Asian Research and the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.
Ambassador Volker Stanzel is a senior advisor to The German Marshall Fund of the United States, is a retired German diplomat and the former ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Japan from 2009-13 and China from 1990-93. He is currently the visiting professor for Political Science at Claremont McKenna College in California and at University of California in Santa Cruz. In 1979 he joined the Foreign Service of the Federal Republic of Germany, beginning his career at the German Embassy in Rome. After 25 years in the Foreign Service, Volker Stanzel was the ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the People's Republic of China in 2004, then was appointed as political director of the German Foreign Service and finally became the ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Japan before retiring in 2013. Since retiring, he has been teaching Political Science and is a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations and a senior policy fellow for China in International Affairs at the Mercator Institute for China Studies in Berlin. Between 1968-72, Dr. Stanzel studied at the University of Frankfurt am Main, receiving a Bachelor in Japanese and Chinese Studies, as well as Political Science and a Ph.D. in Japanese and Chinese Studies and Political Science in 1980 from the University of Cologne.
Daniel Twining is director and senior fellow for Asia at The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF). He previously served as a member of the U.S. Secretary of State's Policy Planning Staff responsible for South Asia and regional issues in East Asia (2007-09); as the foreign policy advisor to U.S. Senator John McCain (2001-04); and as a staff member of the U.S. Trade Representative (1997). Since leaving government, he has served as an associate of the U.S. National Intelligence Council, working on a range of projects related to global strategic futures and Asian security. He holds a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and a doctorate in International Relations from Oxford University (Balliol College and Nuffield College), where he was the Fulbright/Oxford Scholar from 2004-07. Dr. Twining has taught South Asian Security Studies at Georgetown University and for three years was an instructor to U.S. Army officers up to the rank of three-star general preparing for deployment to theaters in South and East Asia. He writes regular columns for Foreign Policy and Nikkei as well as occasional pieces for the Financial Times and Wall Street Journal; he is on the editorial board of the Asan Forum, a journal on East Asian politics and international relations based in Seoul, and writes lengthier articles for this and other journals as well as occasional book chapters, on topics including India, Asian security, and U.S. foreign policy. Dr. Twining has lived in India, Colombia, Georgia, the United Kingdom, Benin, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, and Thailand.