Enabling Professional Growth and Fostering Dialogue

  • About

    We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit tax exempt organization

    • The Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies aims to promote the study of strategic, diplomatic, and legal issues affecting the Asia-Pacific Region.
    • Capitalizing on Yokosuka City's unique pool of global expertise and rich maritime heritage, we seek to build networks between individuals, promote dialogue, provide world-class educational opportunities and enable professional mentorship.
    • All discussions are held in personal capacity of the participants and all the activities are off-the-record in nature. Comments made by members are non-attributable and made in the spirit of education and conceptual exchange. All of the views expressed are personal and, more specifically, no comments or discussions presented during our meetings reflect any official government policy.
  • Join Us

    YCAPS wants you!

    We are a small group taking aim at big

    issues impacting the Asia-Pacific Region


    If you'd like to join an event just RSVP and turn up. If you aren't sure and want more information, then drop us a line. We bring together a diverse group of individuals with different backgrounds and experiences to help us explore common challenges. Our members include students, young professionals, leaders at the top of their careers and retired experts. Our programs are designed to help everyone develop while building bridges between Yokosuka's thought communities.

  • Upcoming Events

    We always have interesting events planned


    YCAPS-JUMP Seminar

    Thurs, 9 Aug, 2009

    17:30 (reception). 1830 (seminar)

    Honcho Community Center in Yokosuka (Sogo Fukushi Kaikan Hall),

    Abe Shinzō’s Grand Strategy aims at balancing an assertive China. This points at the primacy of international factors in explaining foreign policy output. At the very same time, Abe’s foreign policy has catered to the vagaries of domestic politics and premier-centered “spin.” In this presentation, Dr. Giulio Pugliese will argue that the sources of Japanese foreign policy development are both international and domestic, and the two can be successfully combined.

    Start the evening by anytime during the 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM reception that will feature a light meal, drinks, and excellent conversation. Find seats at 6:30 PM for this YCAPS-JUMP Seminar in Yokosuka's Honcho Community Center near the US Navy Base's main gate.

    Dr. Pugliese will explain that a progressively changing post-Cold War order has brought along mounting insecurity and the need for states to respond to such changes through a reformulation of their main foreign policy line. In the Asia-Pacific, like elsewhere, the growing insistence by public officials on lofty strategic pronouncements is however also the by-product of a changed domestic political landscape, where charismatic leadership rests on the growing vagaries of a media-saturated public opinion environment.

    Traditional theories of foreign policy have presented a dichotomous separation of foreign policy formation: the inside-out perspective stresses the domestic determinants of Japan’s foreign policy; an outside-in (or systemic) approach favors broader international structural forces and dynamics, such as the distribution of power in the international system. More complex theories have presented a dualist or
    dialectical framework, where both international and domestic variables impact on foreign policy.

    Dr. Pugliese’s presentation uses the case of Abe Shinzo’s Grand Strategy and foreign policy formulation to make the case for the primacy of a systemic approach that, at the very same time, caters to the above-mentioned structures of domestic politics. The presentation will try to advance a novel conceptualization of foreign policy formation in Japan and other mature democracies.

    Dr. Giulio Pugliese specializes in the politics, both domestic and international, of the Asia-Pacific with his focus being on Japan, China and the United States. He earned a Laurea (B.A.) in Political Science and East Asian Studies at the University of Naples, "L'Orientale" (cum laude), an M.A. in International Economics and International Relations (concentrating on East Asian Studies) at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University and Ph.D. work at the University of Cambridge. He conducted extensive fieldwork in Tokyo, while based at the National Graduate Research Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) under the mentorship of Prof. Kitaoka Shinichi. Prior to his appointment at King's College London, he worked as an Assistant Professor (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) at Heidelberg University’s Institute of Chinese Studies.

    Dr. Pugliese also worked in Japan for about four years – as an intern at Kyodo News, as a “foreign civil servant” in Azuchi and Ōmihachiman City Hall, and at the Mitsubishi Research Institute writing on arms export regulations for a study commissioned by Japan's Ministry of Economics Trade and Industry (METI). He also worked as a freelance translator from Japanese to English for academic and policy publications.

    Location: Honcho Community Center in Yokosuka (Sogo Fukushi Kaikan Hall). Google Map.



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  • Professional Development

    YCAPS is committed to supporting the personal and professional development of our members

    Network Development

    Meet People with Shared Interests and Common Ambitions

    YCAPS events are organized on the principal that who you meet is as important as what you learn. Therefore seminars and tour typically include a social portion where members can interact on a personal level with the world-class facilitators as well as the other participants. The events have proven to be be fantastic opportunities to find mentors and develop peer-to-peer support networks.

    YCAPS members at an important security conference

    Fellowships, Scholarships, and Conferences

    YCAPS has formal and informal relationships with many organizations that sponsor a wide range of professional development programs. These include university scholarships, fellowships, internships, travel grants, and conferences. If some cases, YCAPS members have opportunities for priority placement in these programs. In other cases, YCAPS volunteers are available to advise on placement and coach applications. Download the guide or contact us for more information.

    YCAPS Writers' Circle

    Become a YCAPS Writer

    The YCAPS Writers' Circle is a peer-to-peer network that supports professional writing throughout the process from idea to publication. Some of our members are very experienced authors who have published a number of books and articles. Others are aspiring to see their first piece in print. If you would like to get involved to get some advice regarding outlets and audiences, receive feedback on a draft manuscript, or to help others on their writing projects, email the Writers' Circle. We'll find you partners that suit your needs.

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  • Our Partners

    YCAPS partners with other organizations to improve our programming

    YCAPS has an active partnership with the Japan-U.S. Military Program (JUMP) based on our common objectives and shared values. The most tangible manifestation of this partnership is the YCAPS-JUMP Seminar Series which provides opportunities for members of the U.S. military community in Yokosuka to develop professional networks with strategic thinkers from across Greater Tokyo and learn from world-class experts.

    YCAPS and TUJ's Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS) both serve as centers of gravity for professional development and advanced thinking on issues related to Asian politics, society, and economics. Because our regular event venues are about 90 minutes from each other, we share some audience members while serving different core communities. YCAPS and ICAS take advantage of this situation to regularly co-sponsor events.

  • Executive Committee

    Elected volunteers who keep YCAPS on track and moving forward

    John Bradford


    Joseph Le


    Justin Boyd


    Tuan Pham


    Thomas Lattanzio

    Tokyo Fellow

    Christina Wong

    Founding Secretary & Past Treasurer

    Special Advisors

    Provide Expertise and Support to the Executive Committee


    Dr. Annette Bradford

    Special Advisor for Education & Policy


    Mr. Michael Macarthur Bosack

    Special Advisor for Government Affairs


    Dr. Nancy Snow

    Special Advisor for Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy


    Mr. Darian Wilson

    Special Advisor for Media Relations

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