Presented by one of Japan’s leading maritime security experts and strategists, Vice Admiral Koda will lead a discussion on the main factors that affect maritime security in the Asia-Pacific region.
This event is presented by the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University, and Department of Social Sciences and Security Studies, Curtin University.
This event is proudly supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University, and Briggs Communications.
Speaker: Vice Admiral Yoji Koda
Vice Admiral Koda is a graduate of Japan Defense Academy (1972), JMSDF Staff College, and the U.S. Naval War College.
As a surface officer, he took commanded of JS Sawayuki (DD-125), Destroyer Flotilla Three and Fleet Escort Force at sea. His shore duty includes Director General (DG) for Plans and Operations, Maritime Staff and DG Joint Staff as well as Commandant JMSDF Sasebo District.
Vice Admiral Koda retired from JMSDF as Commander in Chief, Self-Defense Fleet, in 2008. Then, he was invited to Asia-Center, Harvard University as a research fellow on Chinese Naval Strategy from June 2009 to July 2011.
Vice Admiral Koda is a proficient writer on maritime affairs and military history. His recent articles include: “The Russo-Japanese War: Primary Causes of Japanese Success,” U.S. Naval War College, “Japanese Perspective on China’s Rise as a Naval Power,” Harvard Asia Quarterly, “A New Carrier Race: Strategy, Force Planning and JS Hyuga,” U.S. Naval War College, “The U.S.- Japan Alliance:Responding to China’s A2/ AD Threat,” Center for New American Security, and “Maritime Security in the Region: SCS and ECS as Key Arenas for Converging Political Interests,” Asia Pacific Review, Institute for International Policy Studies.
Vice Admiral Koda contributed to Refighting the Pacific War: Alternative History of World War II (U.S. Naval Institute Press). He co-authored Maritime Strategy and National Security in Japan and Britain (Leiden and Boston, Global Oriental). He had served as an advisor to National Security Secretariat of GOJ until March 2016.
Places are limited. Please RSVP to Associate Professor Paul Battersby by 9 March 2017.