November 1–2, 2022

East Asia
Strategy Forum 2022

Delta Hotel, Downtown Ottawa

ABOUT EASF

The Institute for Peace & Diplomacy (IPD) and the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) are pleased to co-host the second annual East Asia Strategy Forum (EASF 2022) on November 1-2 in downtown Ottawa.

EASF 2022 is a multi-disciplinary conference that will foster the exchange of knowledge and actionable policy recommendations on geopolitical and geo-economic developments in East Asia, and Canada’s foreign policy and defence approach to the region. It will attract a specialized in-person audience of around 200 participants, including academics, researchers, policymakers, defence and strategy experts, former military officials, current and former diplomats, and business leaders. 

With support from the MINDS program at the Canadian Department of National Defence, this two-day conference will be hosted in a hybrid format, convening in-person and virtual keynote speakers, deep-dive panels, and networking sessions. The program will engage around 45 expert speakers from Canada, the United States, and the Asia Pacific. Experts will engage in constructive discussions on East Asia’s strategic environment, alliances, energy security, maritime security and law, economic regionalism, proliferation, and cybersecurity.

This is a timely event as the Government of Canada shapes, and will likely soon announce, an Indo-Pacific Strategy to inform Canada’s engagement with the region in the coming years.

Speakers

Kevin Allison

Vice President, Eurasia & Technology Policy, Albright Stonebridge Group; Former Director, Geo-technology, Eurasia Group

Stewart Beck

Former President & CEO, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada; Former High Commissioner to the Republic of India; Former Director General, North Asia Bureau, Global Affairs Canada

James Boutilier

Distinguished Fellow, Macdonald-Laurier Institute; President Emeritus, Pacific People’s Partnership; Former Special Advisor, Policy, Maritime Forces Pacific Headquarters

Fiona Cunningham

Nonresident Scholar, Nuclear Policy Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania

Carlo Dade

Director, Trade & Investment Centre, Canada West Foundation; Honourary Senior Fellow, International Development & Global Studies, University of Ottawa

Alice Ekman

Senior Analyst, Asia, European Union Institute of Security Studies

Paul Evans

HSBC Chair in Asian Research & Professor, School of Public Policy & Global Affairs, University of British Columbia

ZHU Feng

Executive Director, China Center for Collaborative Studies of the South China Sea; Nonresident Senior Fellow, Center For International Security & Strategy; Distinguished Professor, Nanjing University

Lyle Goldstein

Director, Asia Engagement Program, Defense Priorities; Visiting Professor, Watson Institute for International & Public Affairs, Brown University

Yurika ISHII

Associate Professor, Graduate School of Security Studies, National Defense Academy of Japan

Wenran Jiang

President, Canada-China Energy & Environment Forum; Advisor, Institute for Peace & Diplomacy

Lami Kim

Director, East Asia Studies Program, U.S. Army War College; Strategy & Statecraft Fellow, Center for Strategic & International Studies

Mark Kruger

Opinion Editor, Yicai Global; Senior Fellow, Yicai Research Institute; Senior Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation; Senior Fellow, China Institute, University of Alberta

Andrew Latham

Nonresident Fellow, Defense Priorities; Former Nonproliferation, Arms Control & Disarmament Research Fellow, Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs; Professor, Macalester College

Jeffrey Lewis

Director, East Asia Nonproliferation Project, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Middlebury Institute of International Studies

Stéphanie Martel

Distinguished Fellow, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada; Fellow, Centre for International & Defence Policy & Assistant Professor, Queen’s University

Peggy Mason

Former Canadian Ambassador to the UN for Disarmament; President, Rideau Institute on International Affairs; Advisor, Institute for Peace & Diplomacy

Pascale Massot

Advisor to the Co-Chair, Indo-Pacific Advisory Committee; Former Senior Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs; Assistant Professor, University of Ottawa

Michal Meidan

Director, Gas Research Programme & Director, China Energy Programme, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies

Elina Noor

Director, Political-Security Affairs & Deputy Director, Washington, D.C. Office, Asia Society Policy Institute; John H. McArthur Research Fellow, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

Cdr. Jonathan Odom

Military Professor, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies; Commander, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, U.S. Navy

Jeremy Paltiel

Senior Fellow, Institute for Peace & Diplomacy; Professor, Carleton University

Jeffrey Reeves

Vice-President, Research & Strategy, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

Lotus Ruan

Senior Researcher, Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto

Keisuke SADAMORI

Director, Energy Markets & Security Directorate, International Energy Agency

Sharon Zhengyang Sun

Trade Policy Economist, Canada West Foundation; Distinguished Fellow, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

Michael Swaine

Director, East Asia Program, Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft

Yeling Tan

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics; Nonresident Scholar, 21st Century China Center; Assistant Professor, University of Oregon

Yves Tiberghien

Director & Konwakai Chair in Japanese Research, Center for Japanese Research, University of British Columbia; Distinguished Fellow, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

Lt. Gen. YAMAGUCHI Noboru

Professor, International University of Japan; Former Vice President, National Institute for Defense Studies; Former Commanding General, Research & Development Command, GSDF

Rachel Ziemba

Adjunct Senior Fellow, Energy, Economics, & Security Program, Center for a New American Security
Bijan Ahmadi

Bijan Ahmadi

Executive Director, Institute for Peace & Diplomacy

Conference
Program

Day 1
November 1, 2022
Day 2
November 2, 2022
8:00 am - 9:00 am

Registration & Breakfast

9:00 am - 9:15 am

Words of Welcome

Bijan Ahmadi
Bijan Ahmadi
Executive Director, Institute for Peace & Diplomacy
Jeffrey Reeves
Vice-President, Research & Strategy, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
9:15 am - 9:45 am

Keynote — Canadian Speaker (TBA)

Panel 1 — Regional Perspectives on East Asia’s Strategic Environment: Security Regimes, Challenges, & Actors

Henry Huiyao WANG
Founder & President, Center for China & Globalization
Yves Tiberghien
Director & Konwakai Chair in Japanese Research, Center for Japanese Research, University of British Columbia; Distinguished Fellow, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
Michael Swaine
Director, East Asia Program, Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft
Elina Noor
Director, Political-Security Affairs & Deputy Director, Washington, D.C. Office, Asia Society Policy Institute; John H. McArthur Research Fellow, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

Moderator: Michael Swaine

11:15 am - 12:00 pm

Keynote — U.S. Speaker (TBA)

Panel 2 — Alliances, Blocs, & Security Communities: Sources of Stability or Instability in East Asia?

Lt. Gen. YAMAGUCHI Noboru
Professor, International University of Japan; Former Vice President, National Institute for Defense Studies; Former Commanding General, Research & Development Command, GSDF
Jeremy Paltiel
Senior Fellow, Institute for Peace & Diplomacy; Professor, Carleton University
Elina Noor
Director, Political-Security Affairs & Deputy Director, Washington, D.C. Office, Asia Society Policy Institute; John H. McArthur Research Fellow, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
Lyle Goldstein
Director, Asia Engagement Program, Defense Priorities; Visiting Professor, Watson Institute for International & Public Affairs, Brown University
Alice Ekman
Senior Analyst, Asia, European Union Institute of Security Studies

Moderator: Elina Noor

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Lunch

2:30 pm - 3:15 pm

Keynote — Canadian Speaker (TBA)

Panel 3 — Ottawa’s Indo-Pacific Strategy: National Interests & Regional Responses

Jeffrey Reeves
Vice-President, Research & Strategy, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
Pascale Massot
Advisor to the Co-Chair, Indo-Pacific Advisory Committee; Former Senior Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs; Assistant Professor, University of Ottawa
Stéphanie Martel
Distinguished Fellow, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada; Fellow, Centre for International & Defence Policy & Assistant Professor, Queen’s University
Paul Evans
HSBC Chair in Asian Research & Professor, School of Public Policy & Global Affairs, University of British Columbia

Moderator: Paul Evans

Panel 4 — Energy Security in East Asia: Oil & Gas Between Sanctions & Diversification

Keisuke SADAMORI
Director, Energy Markets & Security Directorate, International Energy Agency
Michal Meidan
Director, Gas Research Programme & Director, China Energy Programme, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies
Wenran Jiang
President, Canada-China Energy & Environment Forum; Advisor, Institute for Peace & Diplomacy
6:15 pm - 7:30 pm

Networking Reception

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Registration & Breakfast

9:00 am - 9:45 am

Keynote — Speaker from the People’s Republic of China (TBA)

Panel 5 — Maritime Security & Maritime Law in East Asia

Cdr. Jonathan Odom
Military Professor, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies; Commander, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, U.S. Navy
Yurika ISHII
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Security Studies, National Defense Academy of Japan
ZHU Feng
Executive Director, China Center for Collaborative Studies of the South China Sea; Nonresident Senior Fellow, Center For International Security & Strategy; Distinguished Professor, Nanjing University
James Boutilier
Distinguished Fellow, Macdonald-Laurier Institute; President Emeritus, Pacific People’s Partnership; Former Special Advisor, Policy, Maritime Forces Pacific Headquarters

Moderator: James Boutilier

Panel 6 — Economic Regionalism: FTAs, Supply Chains, & Securitization

Rachel Ziemba
Adjunct Senior Fellow, Energy, Economics, & Security Program, Center for a New American Security
Yeling Tan
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics; Nonresident Scholar, 21st Century China Center; Assistant Professor, University of Oregon
Sharon Zhengyang Sun
Trade Policy Economist, Canada West Foundation; Distinguished Fellow, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
Mark Kruger
Opinion Editor, Yicai Global; Senior Fellow, Yicai Research Institute; Senior Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation; Senior Fellow, China Institute, University of Alberta
Carlo Dade
Director, Trade & Investment Centre, Canada West Foundation; Honourary Senior Fellow, International Development & Global Studies, University of Ottawa

Moderator: Carlo Dade

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch

1:30 pm - 2:15 pm

Keynote — Speaker from the Republic of Korea (TBA)

Panel 7 — Nuclear Proliferation in East Asia

Peggy Mason
Former Canadian Ambassador to the UN for Disarmament; President, Rideau Institute on International Affairs; Advisor, Institute for Peace & Diplomacy
Jeffrey Lewis
Director, East Asia Nonproliferation Project, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Middlebury Institute of International Studies
Andrew Latham
Nonresident Fellow, Defense Priorities; Former Nonproliferation, Arms Control & Disarmament Research Fellow, Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs; Professor, Macalester College
Lami Kim
Director, East Asia Studies Program, U.S. Army War College; Strategy & Statecraft Fellow, Center for Strategic & International Studies

Moderator: Peggy Mason

3:45 pm - 4:30 pm

Keynote — Speaker from Japan (TBA)

Panel 8 — Cybersecurity in East Asia

Lotus Ruan
Senior Researcher, Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto
Fiona Cunningham
Nonresident Scholar, Nuclear Policy Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania
Stewart Beck
Former President & CEO, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada; Former High Commissioner to the Republic of India; Former Director General, North Asia Bureau, Global Affairs Canada
Kevin Allison
Vice President, Eurasia & Technology Policy, Albright Stonebridge Group; Former Director, Geo-technology, Eurasia Group

Moderator: Stewart Beck

5:45 pm - 6:00 pm

Closing Remarks

Bijan Ahmadi
Bijan Ahmadi
Executive Director, Institute for Peace & Diplomacy
Jeffrey Reeves
Vice-President, Research & Strategy, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

the venue

Delta Hotels by Marriott Ottawa City Centre

Audience

Attendees

EASF 2022 is a multi-disciplinary conference that will foster the exchange of knowledge and actionable policy recommendations on geopolitical and geo-economic developments in East Asia, and Canada’s foreign policy and defence approach to the region. It will attract a specialized in-person audience of around 200 individuals, including academics, researchers, policymakers, defence and strategy experts, former military officials, current and former diplomats, and business leaders. 

Sponsors and
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Sponsor

MINDS Program, Canadian Department of National Defence

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The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) is a not-for-profit organization focused on Canada’s relations with Asia. Our mission is to be Canada’s catalyst for engagement with Asia and Asia’s bridge to Canada.

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