Security threats are increasing within and outside the European Union (EU), and allies are being sought to respond.
As one of the top trading partners of the EU, Japan also supports democratic values, and is committed to pursuing international peace and stability and effective multilateralism. It shares concerns with the EU over the North Korean nuclear programme, the assertive Chinese posture in the East and South China Sea, and the conflict in Syria, together with the wider Sunni-Shiite confrontation.
As a result, the EU and Japan have decided to strengthen their strategic partnership. We examined whether the EU is able to cooperate with Japan on a number of security areas and explore why cooperation may exist in some security sectors (e.g. non-nuclear proliferation and cyber security) and not in others (e.g. regional security and climate change).
This project is jointly funded by the University of Essex and by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.
Using a mapping exercise, we explored the extent to which there is alignment or disalignment in the area of EU-Japan security cooperation, the reasons for either occurrence, and the prospects for further collaborative development.
Our findings helped to:
Following the publication of EU-Japan Security Cooperation: Trends and Prospects, edited by Professor Emil Kirchner and Professor Han Dorussen and published in the Routledge series Military, Strategic and Security Studies on 17 October 2018, there has been considerable interest from policy makers and academics as well as in the press. An article by Professor Emil Kirchner was published in The Conversation to coincide with the entry into force of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement and Strategic Partnership Agreement on 1 February 2019. This piece was reprinted in the Japan Newsweek and the New Zealand Herald. Professor Han Dorussen was invited to contribute to the London Stock Exchange Business Review blog. Both editors were interviewed on the BBC World Service and Professor Emil Kirchner was also interviewed by Bulgarian National Radio in February 2019.Our findings will soon be published in an article for a leading international journal.