• YOKOSUKA COUNCIL ON ASIA-PACIFIC STUDIES

    Enabling Professional Growth and Fostering Dialogue

  • About

    We are a non-profit organization building connections and developing people in the Yokosuka Community

    • The Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies (YCAPS) promotes 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, YCAPS builds networks between individuals, promotes dialogue, provides world-class educational opportunities, and enables 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 rapidly growing 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

    Date: Wednesday, July 17 2019

    Time: 17:30 (reception), 18:30~20:30(seminar)

    Location: 6F, Werk Yokosuka ヴェルクよこすか(横須賀市立勤労福祉会館
    〒238-0006 横須賀市日の出町1丁目5番地

    The People’s Republic of China (PRC) is increasing its military as well as non-military pressure and coercion against Taipei to force the island’s democratically-elected political leaders into accepting its terms for negotiating a final settlement of the cross-Strait issue. Chinese military pressure includes a significant increase in the frequency and complexity of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) military exercises around Taiwan and Japan. These activities are primarily aimed at intimidating Taiwanese voters and to influence policymakers’ decision-making. Non-military pressure, which perhaps is even more imminent threats, involves the use of diplomatic, economic, and, in particular, “sharp power” instruments that undermines democratic institutions through measures such as disinformation that seeks to distract and distort the political discourse on the island in ways favorable to Beijing’s interests. The PRC is engaged in a whole-of-government strategy that utilizes its comprehensive national power (CNP) through both overt and covert means to further the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) “core interests.” The targets of CCP political warfare are not limited to Taiwan and are increasingly being applied to other countries, including Japan. Therefore, an analysis about the elements of CCP “active measures” and how Taiwan is responding to sharp power can help to better inform policymakers in other countries’ now facing similar challenges from a rising and increasingly aggressive China.

     

    Speaker: Russell Hsiao, J.D.

    Russell Hsiao is the Executive Director of GTI, Penn Kemble Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy, and Adjunct Fellow at the Honolulu-based Pacific Forum. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at the University of Tokyo's Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia. He previously served as a Senior Research Fellow at the Project 2049 Institute and National Security Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Prior to those positions he was the Editor of China Brief at The Jamestown Foundation from October 2007­ to July 2011 and a Special Associate in the International Cooperation Department at the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy. While in law school, he clerked within the Office of the Chairman at the Federal Communications Commission and the Interagency Trade Enforcement Center at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Mr. Hsiao received his J.D. and certificate from the Law and Technology Institute at the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Catholic University Journal of Law and Technology.

     

    Cost: Free of charge. Please register on Facebook or RSVP to info@ycaps.org. RSVP not required, but helpful for organizers.

     

    Learn more about YCAPS at www.ycaps.org and JUMP at www.jumprogram.org

     

     

     

    Have a look at our Facebook site to learn more about past YCAPS events.

  • Professional Development Programs

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

    Network Building

    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 professional development experiences 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 fantastic opportunities to find mentors and develop peer-to-peer support networks.

    Seminar Series

    Learn from World-class Experts in a Relaxed Setting

    YCAPS seminars feature leading experts who come from around the world to share their perspectives with our participants. Lectures are specifically designed to be applicable to all leave of expertise, from curious students to professionals working in that field. The setting is relaxed, accessible and professional.

    YCAPS Afloat

    Supporting U.S. Navy Sailors at sea and their commands

    YCAPS Afloat directly supports U.S. miltary personnel in their efforts to expand their regional knowledge and strategic thinking while deployed and during port visits throughout the Indo-Pacific. Working in alignment with commands’ leadership and/or Morale, Welfare & Recreation (MWR) programs, YCAPS Afloat provides information and other resources or, when there are sufficient interested personnel, establishes a YCAPS chapter on board specific ships. If you are interested in receiving resources or establishing a YCAPS Afloat chapter, please send us an email or get in touch.

    Yokosuka Mariners

    Develop Leadership and Explore the Region Under Sail

    YCAPS partners with the International Sail & Power Association Japan (ISPA) to provide opportunities for members of our community to develop leadership skills, learn environmental stewardship, and connect with Yokosuka's maritime heritage through sailing expeditions. See our events section for upcoming journeys. Stars & Stripes reported on, our biggest Yokosuka Mariners event to date, the inaugural YCAPS-ISPA Japan's leadership development voyage in the Seto Inland Sea in this article. Email the Yokosuka Young Mariners Program for more information.

    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 professional editors or experienced authors who have published many 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!

    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.

  • Connect With Us

    Be a part of our active Facebook community

  • Our Partners

    YCAPS partners with other organizations to deliver world-class 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 & Professional Development Program 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.

    The International Sail & Power Association Japan is a non-profit organization that promotes enjoyment in boating by providing safe and efficient boat training, raises global awareness through sail training, and provides leadership training in the maritime environment. ISPA Japan and YCAPS share an understanding of Yokosuka as an essential maritime hub and commitment to developing professionals. The organizations specifically collaborate to provide opportunities through the Yokosuka Young Mariners Program.

  • Executive Committee

    Elected volunteers who keep YCAPS on track and moving forward

    President

    Joseph Le

    Vice-President

    Justin Boyd

    Secretary

    Aaron Nowlin

    Treasurer

     

    Michael Yuichi Takigawa

    Yokosuka City and JMSDF Relations

     

     

    Alli Krug

    American Community Relations, Youth Engagement &

    Senior Editor of Writers' Circle

     

     

    Leo Lin

    Research Affairs and Partnership Activities

     

     

    Stacy Lin

    Public Promotion

     

     

    Thomas Lattanzio

    U.S. Activities

    Tuan Pham

    Past Treasurer

    Special Advisors

    Provide Expertise and Support to the Executive Committee

    Mr. Michael Macarthur Bosack

    Special Advisor for Government Affairs

     

    Dr. Annette Bradford

    Special Advisor for Education & Policy

     

    Dr. Nancy Snow

    Special Advisor for Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy

     

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