SCERU, alongside the Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP), will hold a public seminar titled “The Evolution of the Strategic EU” on 30 June 2023.


A joint presentation will be given by Dr. Gustav Lindstrom, Director, European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS), Dr. Jan Joel Andersson, Senior Analyst – Security & Defence, EUISS and Dr. Alice Ekman, Senior Analyst – Asia, EUISS. The session will be moderated by Professor Chiyuki Aoi, Director of SCERU.

New geopolitical realities in Europe and Asia, and in particular Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022, have concurrently led the European Union and Japan to reassess their security threats and develop new strategies in response. While Japan has released its new National Security Strategy (NSS), National Defense Strategy (NDS) and Defense Buildup Program, the EU is readjusting its own approach to security challenges following the adoption last year of the Strategic Compass. It is now shaping proposals to support its defence industry to ramp-up its production capacities with respect to ammunition and missiles. At the same time, it continues to diversify its partnerships beyond Europe, following the release of its Indo-Pacific strategy in 2019 and the Global Gateway in 2021.

This panel will provide a comprehensive overview of the evolution of the strategic EU over the last two years. The session will be moderated by Professor Chiyuki Aoi, who will engage the panel in a discussion before opening the floor to a Q&A session providing opportunities for further exchange on the regional and global strategic outlook of the EU.

Date & time:

Friday, 30 June 2023 | 10:30 a.m. -12:00 noon (JST)


SMBC Academia Hall, 4th floor, International Academic Research Building, Hongo campus
*Please note that this session will be on-site only.




Opening remarks:
Dr. Chiyuki Aoi, Professor, GraSPP/SCERU

Joint Presentation by:
Dr. Gustav Lindstrom, Director, European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS)
Dr. Jan Joel Andersson, Senior Analyst – Security & Defence, EUISS
Dr. Alice Ekman, Senior Analyst – Asia, EUISS

Dr. Chiyuki Aoi, Professor, GraSPP/SCERU


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Dr. Gustav Lindstrom is the Director of the EU Institute for Security Studies (EUISS). In his capacity as director, he also chairs the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific – EU Committee (CSCAP-EU).
Previously, Dr Lindstrom served as the Head of the Emerging Security Challenges Programme at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP). In this function, he was also co-chair of the Partnership for Peace Consortium (PfP-C) Emerging Security Challenges Working Group and a member of the Executive Academic Board of the European Security and Defence College. Prior to his tenure at the GCSP, he was a Research Fellow and later a Senior Research Fellow at the EUISS. He has also worked at the RAND Corporation and the World Bank. His areas of focus include the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy, cybersecurity, EU-NATO relations and emerging security challenges.
Dr Lindstrom holds a doctorate in Policy Analysis from the RAND Graduate School and MA in International Policy Studies from Stanford University.

Dr. Jan Joel Andersson is Senior Analyst at the EUISS to lead the analysis of security and defence, including CSDP, Capability Development, Defence Industry and Technology & Innovation issues.
Between 2017-2022, he was a member of the Chief Executive’s Policy Office (cabinet) at the European Defence Agency, advising the EDA Chief Executive on strategy and policy, specifically on the EU defence initiatives (CARD, PESCO, EDF), relations with the European Commission and the defence and high-tech industries.
Among his earlier experiences is a previous stint at EUISS (2014-2017), when Jan Joel was Senior Analyst for Transatlantic Security, NATO and US Politics. He was a member of the Institute’s senior staff supporting the consultation and drafting process of the EU Global Strategy, and a member of the secretariat assisting the “Group of Personalities” in the drafting of their proposal for a Preparatory Action for defence-related research which began delivering as the precursor to the European Defence Fund in June 2017.
Dr. Andersson has also worked in the private sector for a world-leading crisis management consultancy and has held faculty appointments at universities and in think-tanks in the United States, Sweden, and France. He has published widely on European and transatlantic security and defence, capability development, and defence industry issues. He has been invited to lecture in more than 30 countries around the world.
Jan Joel was educated at the United World College of the Adriatic in Italy, graduated from Uppsala University in Sweden, and received his MA and PhD in political science from the University of California at Berkeley.

Dr. Alice Ekman has been the Senior Analyst in charge of the Asia portfolio at the EUISS since September 2019. She covers foreign policy and security developments in the Asian region – including in China, the Korean Peninsula, Japan, India and ASEAN. At the EUISS, Alice also manages regular ‘Track 1,5’ dialogues with the EU’s partners in Asia and coordinates the EU member committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific (CSCAP EU).
Alice was formerly Head of China Research at the French Institute of International Relations (Ifri) in Paris. She has also been Visiting Scholar at Tsinghua University (Beijing), at National Taiwan Normal University (Taipei) and at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies (Seoul). She holds a Master in International Relations, Economics, and Anthropology (China focus) from the London School of Economics and a PhD in International Relations from Sciences Po and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.