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Thursday, June 12, 2014, 15:00 - 16:30

"The escalating crisis in Ukraine and Japan-Russia relations"
Ihor Kharchenko
Ambassador of Ukraine to Japan
Yoko Hirose
Associate Professor of Keio University
James D.J. Brown
Assistant Professor of Temple University, Japan Campus
Language: The speech and Q & A will be in English and Japanese with English interpretation

 As Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other G7 leaders warn Russian President Vladmir Putin of fresh sanctions over Ukraine, we invite the Ukrainian ambassador and a panel of Japanese experts to discuss what comes next between Russia and the West, Abe and Putin, and Putin and Ukrainian President-elect Petro Poroshenko.

 The Ukraine crisis could not have come at a worse time for Japan. In an attempt to finally settle the Northern Territories issue, Abe has spent a huge amount of political capital with Russia, meeting President Vladimir Putin five times and becoming, in 2013, the first Japanese leader to visit Moscow in ten years. All that effort may come to nothing if Abe agrees to US demands to toughen its stance against Putin.

 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to Japan, Ihor Kharchenko was last at the Club in March as Russia prepared to take control of Crimea. He will return to discuss his country's deteriorating relations with Russia since. A career diplomat with many years service abroad, including stints in Romania, Poland and the UK, Ambassador Kharchenko has been in Japan since 2013.

 Yoko Hirose is an associate professor at Keio University's Faculty of Policy Management, and an expert on Russian affairs and the Caucasus region.

 James D.J. Brown is an assistant professor at the department of Political Science and International Affairs at Temple University's Japan Campus. His current research focuses on Russian-Japanese relations, with particular regard to the territorial dispute over the Northern Territories/Southern Kurils.

 Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation.

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Ambassador Kahrchenko              Yoko Hirose                                 James D.J. Brown

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