Wednesday 10 May, 2023 at 14:30 – 15:30 EEST / 13:30 – 14:30 CEST
In Japan’s newly revised version of its Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) (March 2023), multi-layered connectivity is introduced as one of four major pillars in its approach to fostering a prosperous, inclusive and law-abiding space. Understood to incorporate both hard and soft connectivity elements, multi-layered connectivity concerns not only the construction of Japan’s “quality infrastructure building” in the form of roads, bridges, railways and Special Economic Zones (SEZs), but also human, knowledge-related, and digital connectivity. How does multi-layered connectivity compare to other types of connectivity and how does it play out in practice?
In answering these questions, this webinar explores the concept of multi-layered connectivity and considers recent developments in ongoing projects in the context of Southeast Asia, a central region for Japan’s FOIP as well as for a number of other competing and complementary approaches to connectivity. It also considers the role of multi-layered connectivity in the new generation of Japanese security policy documents and the forthcoming revision of Japan’s Development Cooperation Charter.