SSU Forum with Professor Christina Davis
Date: Wednesday, July 12 2017, 10:30-12:00
Venue: Seminar Room, 3rd Floor, Ito International Research Center
Subject: "International Organizations and Foreign Policy: The Case of Japan"
Lecture: Christina Davis, Professor, Princeton University
Language: English
Hosted by: Security Studies Unit, Policy Alternatives Research Institute, the University of Tokyo

In this talk, I examine how security interests shape economic cooperation between states with a focus on decisions about membership in international organizations. First, statistical analysis reveals the strong association between the security ties of states and their entry into multilateral economic organizations. Second, a case study about the decision process of Japan to enter negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement highlights how strategic goals helped to overcome domestic opposition to the economic impact of the agreement on weak sectors. Selective entry into organizations based on shared security interests generates conflicting pressures on the effectiveness of organizations. Countries use security linkages to bargain for lower standards, but at the same time, they gain new tools for economic statecraft.


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