ARCHIVED The War in Ukraine: Where Next in the Military and Economic Battle with Russia?
Thursday 28 April 2022
9.00 - 10.00am (BST)
5.00 - 6.00pm (JST)
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Free – Japan Society members only
Sir Laurie Bristow, British Ambassador to Russia from 2016 -2020, and Tadashi Maeda, Governor of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, join Bill Emmott to discuss the war in Ukraine. In this special off the record webinar for Japan Society members, they will consider where the policies of our respective governments concerning the war and Russia look like going next, and how both the political and business worlds now think about investment and business relationships with Russia.
It is worth recalling that the Russian invasion of Ukraine on 24 February was preceded on 4 February by a joint statement between Russia and China which declared the pair had a strategic partnership which “knows no limits”. The unprecedented toughness and unity shown by the G7’s economic sanctions on Russia, and the related provision of humanitarian and military aid showed that the West’s unity had also bust through previous limits.
As this tragic situation evolves, more previously unexpected developments look likely, with especially important decisions to come on energy imports from Russia, both in Europe and Japan. What, then, are the implications for Japan and the UK? What will be the future of business relations with Russia, and the longer term impact on trade and diplomatic relationships across Europe and Asia?
Sir Laurence (Laurie) Bristow KCMG was British Ambassador to Afghanistan from June to November 2021. Prior to this, he was the COP26 Regional Ambassador to the Middle East, North Africa, Eastern Europe, Central Asia. He was British Ambassador to Russia from 2016 -2020, having previously served as Minister and Deputy Head of Mission in Moscow from 2007-2010, then as Director, Eastern Europe and Central Asia (2010-2012) and Director, National Security (2012-2015) both at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London.
Tadashi Maeda is Governor & Representative Director of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation. During his career at JBIC he has served as Director-General of Energy and Natural Resources Finance Department; Director-General of Corporate Planning Department ; Managing Executive Officer, Global Head of Infrastructure and Environment Finance Group; Senior Managing Director and CEO, Executive Managing Director. From June 2010 to December 2012 he served as Special Advisor to the Cabinet in the Government of Japan. He has also served as a member of the Steering Committee of Nuclear Damage Liability Facilitation Fund from October 2011 to October 2013. He was a member of the Advisory Council of the International Institute of Strategic Studies from 2014 to 2017.
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