• Enabling Professional Growth and Fostering Dialogue


  • About

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

    Our Charter

    • 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, unless specifically noted otherwise, all activities are off-the-record in nature. Comments made by members are non-attributable and made in the spirit of education and conceptual exchange. No comments or discussions presented during YCAPS 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

    All YCAPS Events will be Virtual during the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Shinzo Abe: Life & Legacy of Japan's Longest-serving Prime Minister

    YCAPS-JUMP-ICAS Community Conversation (via Google Meet)

    Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 19:30 JST

    Join YCAPS for the next iteration of our webinar series exploring interesting and contemporary topics relevant to our base communities and beyond. Our featured guest will be Tobias Harris, author of The Iconoclast: Shinzo Abe and the New Japan.


    To join, please go to: meet.google.com/gkr-fved-tqp

    As an Alliance modernizer, Prime Minister Abe Shinzo drove controversial defense legislation, legalized Japan's option to provide collective self-defense for its U.S. ally, approved Japan's first National Security Strategy and organized a National Security Council. However, his story is not one unblemished by failures. In 2007, seemingly overwhelmed, he resigned after only a year as prime minister. Then, following five years of reinvention, he masterfully regained the premiership in 2012 proceeded to dominate Japanese politics for eight years and achieve status as Japan's longest serving Prime Minister. He staked out a global leadership role for Japan in a region being rapidly transformed by the rise of China and India, while carefully preserving an ironclad relationship with the United States. In The Iconoclast, the only English-language biography of Abe, Harris tells the story of Abe's meteoric rise and stunning fall, his remarkable comeback and his emergence as a world-class statesman. During this webinar, Harris will provide an overview of Abe’s biography and take your questions.

    Tobias S. Harris is a leading expert on Japanese politics, widely quoted in leading world publications and a regular guest on television and radio programs. After working on the staff of a Japanese legislator from 2006 to 2007, he ran the popular blog “Observing Japan,” contributed to the Wall Street Journal Asia and Far Eastern Economic Review, and conducted graduate research at MIT and the University of Tokyo. Since 2013, he has been the Japan analyst at Teneo Intelligence, the political risk division of Teneo, a leading CEO advisory firm. He was Economy, Trade, and Business Fellow at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA, a Washington, DC-based think tank focused on U.S.-Japan relations, from 2014 to 2020. He was born in Chicago and currently lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife, their two sons and their two cats. He has an M.Phil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge and a BA in Politics and History from Brandeis University.

    Webinar price: Free
    Co-sponsors: Japan-US Military Program (JUMP), Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS).
    Moderator: Caitlin Doornbos
    Please register by RSVP to info@ycaps.org. RSVP not required, but helpful for organizers.

    YCAPS-ICAS-JUMP webinar section (via Google Meet)

    Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 19:00 JST

    (11:00 London/12:00 Brussels, 06:00 Washington DC)

    Join us for the next YCAPS-ICAS-JUMP session on rising tensions in the Senkaku/Diaoyu area offered by Dr. Alessio Patalano from King's College London.

    To join please go to https://meet.google.com/gkr-fved-tqp


    PRC activities in the waters around the Senkaku islands, known in China as Diaoyu, have undergone a significant change over the past few months. This is a potentially dangerous development for Sino–Japanese relations. In addition, the increased confrontation between China and the US, as well as India, could add fuel to the fire of an already combustible dispute.

    Alessio Patalano will discuss these issues in a joint YCAPS-ICAS session. Prior to the talk, you might wish to read Alessio's work "A Gathering Storm? The Chinese ‘Attrition’ Strategy for the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands" and "What is China's Strategy in the Senkaku Islands".

    Dr. Alessio Patalano specialises in maritime strategy and doctrine, Japanese military history and strategy, East Asian Security, and Italian defence policy. From 2006 to 2015, he was visiting professor in Strategy at the Italian Naval War College (ISMM), Venice. In Japan, Dr Patalano has been a visiting professor at Aoyama Gakuin University and at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), both in Tokyo, and currently is Adjunct Fellow at the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies, Temple University Japan and Visiting Professor at the Japan Maritime Command and Staff College (JMCSC). At KCL, Dr Patalano is the Director of the Asian Security and Warfare Research Group the leading UK forum for research and education on East Asia and the King’s Japan Programme. Dr Patalano is also a senior fellow with the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and at Policy Exchange, he leading think tanks on defence and security matters in the UK. For more info please visit https://www.kcl.ac.uk/people/dr-alessio-patalano


    Webinar Cost: Free of charge
    Co-sponsors: Japan-US Military Program (JUMP), Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS).
    Moderator: Stacy Lin
    Please register by RSVP to info@ycaps.org. RSVP not required, but helpful for organizers.

    YCAPS Indo-Pacific Maritime Hour (via Google Meet)

    Tuesday, November 3, 2020, 9:00 JST

    (Monday, November 2, 2020, 14:00 Honolulu, 20:00 Washington DC)

    This Indo-Pacific Maritime Hour will feature Dr. Olli Suorsa discussing the decisions that smaller powers make when approaching multilateral naval exercises. He argues that participation in the exercises is inherently a political question. Specifically, he will discuss smaller powers’ considerations (with special reference to Southeast Asia) in taking part in naval exercises involving various sets of actors and the participation’s significance for conveying strategic signals. Olli will underline and contrast the different utilities reaped from inclusive and exclusive arrangements, and smaller powers’ agency in accepting/declining invitations, or initiating exercise routines of their own, to signal engagement, deterrence, and/or neutrality.

    To join please go to https://meet.google.com/gkr-fved-tqp

    Dr Olli Pekka Suorsa is a Research Fellow in the Maritime Security Programme of the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (IDSS) at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS). Before joining RSIS he lectured at the Department of Asian and International Studies in the City University of Hong Kong. Dr Suorsa holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the City University of Hong Kong and a Master’s degree in Asian Politics from SOAS, University of London, UK, and Bachelor’s in International Relations from the Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia. Dr Suorsa has also work experience in defence industry in Finland.

    Moderator: John Bradford, YCAPS Executive Director and Senior Fellow, RSIS Maritime Security Programme
    Webinar Cost: Free of charge

    Co-sponsor: Japan-US Military Program (JUMP)
    Please register by RSVP to info@ycaps.org. RSVP not required, but helpful for organizers.

    To Rule Eurasia's Waves: The New Great Power Competition at Sea

    YCAPS Indo-Pacific Maritime Hour (via Google Meet)

    Monday, November 9, 2020, 20:30 JST (06:30 Washington, 19:30 Singapore)

    Eurasia’s emerging powers—India, China, and Russia—have increasingly embraced their maritime geographies as they have expanded and strengthened their economies, military capabilities, and global influence. Maritime Eurasia, a region that facilitates international commerce and contains some of the world’s most strategic maritime chokepoints, has already caused a shift in the global political economy and challenged the dominance of the Atlantic world and the United States. Climate change is set to further affect global politics. With meticulous and comprehensive field research, Geoffrey Gresh's new book considers how the melting of the Arctic ice cap will create new shipping lanes and exacerbate a contest for the control of Arctic natural resources. He explores as well the strategic maritime shifts underway from Europe to the Indian Ocean and Pacific Asia. Dr. Gresh will share his research experience and preview the key findings of this forthcoming book; you can find more details from the publisher's website here.

    To join please go to https://meet.google.com/gkr-fved-tqp

    Geoffrey F. Gresh is Professor of International Relations at the College of International Security Affairs (CISA), National Defense University in Washington, D.C. with a primary research focus on maritime affairs. He has also served as the Department Chair of International Security Studies and as CISA’s Director of the South and Central Asia Security Studies Program. Previously, he was a Visiting Fellow at Sciences Po in Paris and was the recipient of a Dwight D. Eisenhower/Clifford Roberts Fellowship. He also received a U.S. Fulbright-Hays Grant to teach international relations at Salahaddin University in Erbil, Iraq. He has been awarded a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to Istanbul, Turkey and a Presidential Scholarship at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. Most recently, he was named as a Hitachi-CFR International Affairs Fellow, a U.S.-Japan Foundation Leadership Fellow, an Associate Member of the Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies at King’s College in London, and as a term member to the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the author of "Gulf Security and the U.S. Military: Regime Survival and the Politics of Basing" (Stanford University Press, 2015), editor of "Eurasia’s Maritime Rise and Global Security: From the Indian Ocean to Pacific Asia and the Arctic" (Palgrave, 2018) and co-editor of "U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East: From American Missionaries to the Islamic State" (Routledge, 2018). His most recent book is "To Rule Eurasia's Waves: The New Great Power Competition at Sea" (Yale University Press, 2020). His research has also appeared in other reputable peer-reviewed journals and policy-relevant outlets. He received a Ph.D. in International Relations and MALD from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

    Webinar Cost: Free of charge
    Co-sponsor: Japan-US Military Program (JUMP)
    Please register by RSVP to info@ycaps.org. RSVP not required, but helpful for organizers.


    YCAPS-ICAS-JUMP Book Talk Section (via Zoom)

    Tuesday, November 18, 2020, 16:00-17:30 JST (07:00 UTC London)

    From Sri Lanka to the shipyards of Greece, Eyck Freymann takes readers inside China’s One Belt One Road initiative. He argues that OBOR is not a centralized and systematic policy. Rather, it is a largely aspirational and sometimes ad hoc campaign to export an ancient Chinese model of patronage and tribute.


    Inside China, propaganda depicts President Xi restoring the nation’s lost imperial glory. Overseas, China uses massive investments to cultivate relationships with local politicians and political parties. The strategy is working. Drawing on primary documents in five languages, numerous interviews, and on-the-ground case studies, Freymann shows that China is more often successfully attracting willing partners than preying on victims.


    To join please go to https://temple.zoom.us/j/92943085505?pwd=ODBEZlU3NHMwKzljQjZ1b1VDNEpjUT09

    Meeting ID: 929 4308 5505
    Passcode: 651052


    Eyck is a DPhil candidate in China Studies at the University of Oxford. He has worked as a research assistant to Graham Allison at Harvard, to Niall Ferguson at the Hoover Institution, to Paul Haenle at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; and to Shi Zhiqin at Tsinghua University. He holds an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Henry Scholar; an AM in Asian Studies from Harvard, where he won the Joseph Fletcher Memorial Prize for the top thesis on Asia; and an AB in East Asian History with highest honors, also from Harvard. His work has been published or cited in the press. His book One Belt One Road: Chinese Power Meets the World has just been published by Harvard University Press.


    Webinar price: Free
    Co-sponsors: Japan-US Military Program (JUMP), Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS).
    Moderator: Robert Dujarric (Co-Director of ICAS Temple University Japan)

    RSVP not required.



    Have a look at our blog or Facebook events 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.

    Open Seminar Series

    Learn from World-class Experts in a Relaxed Setting

    YCAPS open seminars feature leading experts who come from around the world to share their perspectives with our participants. Open to the public, the setting is community-oriented relaxed, accessible and professional. The Community Conversation series highlights topics that are of immediate interest to the base-hosting communities in Japan. These seminars are specifically designed to be applicable to all levels of expertise, from curious students to professionals working in that field.  Indo-Pacific Maritime Hour events are more technical in nature. These interactive online discussions

    engaged regional practitioners directly involved in maritime security to

    shed light on maritime issues that have significant implications on regional stability in the Indo-Pacific.

    YCAPS Roundtables

    Informed Small-group Dinner Discussions

    YCAPS members gather in small groups to discuss timely topics in a lively social atmosphere. Each roundtable is facilitated by a specialist who provides read-ahead materials to enable those attending to dive right into the discussion even before the food arrives. Invitations are shared with YCAPS members and those on our email list.

    YCAPS members at an important security conference

    Mongolia Connect

    Strengthening grassroots community connections for the common good.


    The YCAPS Mongolia Connect program creates opportunities for Americans, Japanese, and Mongolians to establish international friendships, develop intercultural leadership skills, and learn about issues impacting the greater international community. The program's events mix of social and educational experiences, language lessons, and opportunities to serve others in a unique and impactful way. Through empowering and connecting these three countries’ communities, YCAPS seeks to create lasting impacts and sustainable people-to-people relationships. 

    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 get in touch.

    Yokosuka Mariners

    Develop Leadership and Explore the Region Under Sail

    YCAPS has partnered 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 and shore-based camps. Stars & Stripes newspaper 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 and one of the young leaders created this photo essay. 

    YCAPS members at an important security conference

    Young Yokosuka

    Building Lasting Relationships among the Next Generation of U.S.-Japan Alliance Ambassadors

    The YCAPS Young Yokosuka program creates opportunities for individuals in their teens and early 20s to establish international friendships, develop intercultural leadership skills, and learn about issues impacting their community. The event series involves a mix of social and educational opportunities such trips to community festivals, bowling nights, leadership workshops, speed-cubing competitions, tours and lectures tailored to interests of Young Yokosuka participants.

    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.

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  • 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 Pacific Forum is a non-profit, foreign policy research institute based in Honolulu, Hawaii. YCAPS collaborates with the Pacific Forum to gather regional perspectives and disseminating findings and recommendations to opinion leaders, governments, and publics. We have co-sponsored public seminars, published collaborative reports, and jointly deliver the online Maritime Discussion series.

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    Special Advisor for Education & Policy



    Dr. Asyura Salleh​

    Special Advisor of Maritime Security



    Special Advisor for Government Affairs

    Special Advisor for Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy



    Advisor for Youth Programming and Professional Development



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