Deep Dive Series 2021:
The "Man in the Middle" of US China economic rivalry (Part 2)

Dr. Kent E. Calder, Johns Hopkins University SAIS
Jesper Koll, Expert Director to Japan-based Monex Group and
an Investment Committee member of the Japan Catalyst Fund

8:30-10:00 a.m., Friday, November 5, 2021
 (The presentation and Q & A will be in English.)

US president Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping recently agreed to hold a virtual summit meeting before the end of this year in an apparent effort to achieve peaceful coexistence between the world's two biggest economies. But where does this leave Japan as the world's third biggest economy and the Man in the Middle between two superpowers? What is Japan's economic future in Asia - East Asia especially - as well as in Eurasia and Europe in a world dominated by two rival giants? Can Japan avoid "taking sides while pursuing regional and international resource and trade policies best suited to its own needs in this bipolar world? Will Japan's economic interests and independence in East Asia, Eurasia and beyond be compromised by superpower rivalry?

For the second event within this important theme the Deep Dive Task Force has secured the expertise of two economic and strategic specialists to address key issues related to the deepening division of Asia and other regions into competing spheres of influence.

Kent E. Calder is currently Interim Dean of Johns Hopkins University SAIS, as well as Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies, and Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of East Asian Studies. Calder previously served as Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs and International Research Cooperation (2018-2020) and as Director of Asia Programmes (2016-2018) at SAIS, and has served continuously as director of the Reischauer Center and Reischauer Professor of East Asian Studies since 2003 Before arriving at Johns Hopkins SAIS in 2003, Calder served as Special Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Professor at Princeton University, Lecturer on Government at Harvard, and as the first Executive Director of Harvard University’s Program on US-Japan Relations.

Jesper Koll obtained a master's degree in international relations at the Johns Hopkins University SAIS and worked from 1985 as a research fellow at the University of Tokyo and the University of Kyoto before building HIS career in finance. He served as a Managing Director and Chief Economist for major US investment banks, JP Morgan Japan Securities and Merrill Lynch Japan Securities. He is an Expert Director at Japan-based Monex Group, an Investment Committee member of the Japan Catalyst Fund, and serves on the Board of Directors of OIST the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology.

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