• 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

    YCAPS -JUMP-ICAS Seminar

    Monday, 4 March 2019, 17:30 (reception), 18:30 (panel discussion)

    Conference room 1, Werk Yokosuka Kinrofukushi Hall
    ヴェルクよこすか(横須賀市立勤労福祉会館)第1会議室

    A new location selected to comfortably seat our growing membership!

    In the second edition of their classic book, Red Star over the Pacific: China’s Rise and the Challenge to US Maritime Strategy, Professors Toshi Yoshihara and James Holmes assess how the rise of Chinese sea power will affect U.S. maritime strategy in Asia.

     

    Combining a close knowledge of Asia and an ability to tap Chinese-language sources, the authors argue that China is laying the groundwork for a sustained challenge to American primacy in maritime Asia. To defend this hypothesis, they look back to Alfred Thayer Mahan's sea-power theories, now popular with the Chinese. The book considers how strategic thought about the sea shapes Beijing's deliberations and examines the Chinese navy's operational concepts, tactics, and capabilities. They conclude that China now presents a challenge to America’s strategic position of such magnitude that Washington must compete in earnest. Dr. Yoshihara will provide an overview of the book, discuss the implications of Chinese sea power for the U.S.-Japan alliance, and take your questions in what will be a dynamic and enlightening seminar.

     

    Start the evening 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 Werk in central Yokosuka. A short walk to Yokosuka-chuo Station or the US Navy base's Womble Gate. The event is also co-sponsored by the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies.

     

    Speaker: 


    Toshi Yoshihara

    Before joining the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, Toshi Yoshihara held the John A. van Beuren Chair of Asia-Pacific Studies at the U.S. Naval War College where he taught strategy for over a decade. He was also an affiliate member of the China Maritime Studies Institute at the war college. Dr. Yoshihara was a visiting professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University from 2008 to 2017. He has also taught as a visiting professor at the School of Global Policy and Strategy, University of California, San Diego and as a visiting professor in the Strategy Department at the U.S. Air War College.

     

    Dr. Yoshihara has testified before the Defense Policy Board, the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. He is the recipient of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award in recognition of his scholarship on maritime and strategic affairs at the Naval War College.

     

    He is co-author of Red Star over the Pacific: China's Rise and the Challenge to U.S. Maritime Strategy (Naval Institute Press, 2010), which has been listed on the Chief of Naval Operation’s Professional Reading Program since 2012. Translations of Red Star over the Pacific have been published in China, Germany, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan.

     

    He has also co-authored Indian Naval Strategy in the Twenty-first Century (Routledge, 2009) and Chinese Naval Strategy in the Twenty-first Century: The Turn to Mahan (Routledge, 2008). He is co-editor of Strategy in the Second Nuclear Age: Power, Ambition, and the Ultimate Weapon (Georgetown University Press, 2012) and Asia Looks Seaward: Power and Maritime Strategy (Praeger, 2008). His articles on Chinese seapower, maritime strategy, and Asian security issues have appeared in Journal of Strategic Studies, Asian Security, Washington Quarterly, Orbis, World Affairs, Comparative Strategy, Strategic Analysis, Journal of the Indian Ocean Region, and Naval War College Review. The Naval War College Review awarded him the Hugh G. Nott Prize for best article of 2010.

     

    He holds a Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, an M.A. from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, and a B.S.F.S. from the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.

     

    Cost: Free of charge. Please register on Facebook or RSVP to info@ycaps.org. RSVP not required, but helpful for organizers. Individuals are welcome to attend without having registered with YCAPS.

     

    Learn more about JUMP at https://www.jumprogram.org/ and ICAS at https://www.tuj.ac.jp/icas/.

     

    Venue Address:

    Yokosuka Municipal Working Welfare Hall (Werk Yokosuka)

    1, 5 - chome, Hino - machi Yokosuka city 238 - 0006

    横須賀市立勤労福祉会館(ヴェルクよこすか)

    〒238-0006 横須賀市日の出町1丁目5番地

    Seto Sea Young Mariner Leadership Voyage​

    YCAPS-International Sail & Power Association Japan (ISPA) Program
    Thursday, 2 May 2019 at 07:00 – Monday, 6 May 2019 at 22:00

    YCAPS has launched a new partnership 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 maritime heritage through sailing expeditions.

    We are currently recruiting young mariners (ages 15-25, younger with a waiver) and adult leadership facilitators (sailing experience preferred, but not required) for a 2-6 May 2019 voyage through Japan's beautiful Seto Inland Sea onboard the tall ship Miraie. The underway program will be focused on developing cross-cultural leadership among an international cadre of young mariners. Instruction will be given in both English and Japanese.

    Email the Yokosuka Young Mariners Program for more information or to register your interest with this online form.

    The program is open to all. If demand for spots exceeds capacity of the Miraie applicants will be judged on their commitment to the program and potential to make future contributions to YCAPS' mission. Please spread the word by sharing this information with others.

    Scholarships will be available, so please do not let the cost be a deterrent. If someone is interested in possibly sailing, we ask them to register their interest and work with the YCAPS executive committee on the specifics.

     

     

    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 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 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.

    Yokosuka Young 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. We are currently recruiting young mariners (ages 15-25, younger with a waiver) and adult leadership facilitators (sailing experience preferred, but not required) for a 2-6 May 2019 voyage through Japan's beautiful Seto Inland Sea onboard the tall ship Mirai. Scholarships will be available. Read ISPA Japan's infosheets about this event in English or Japanese. Email the Yokosuka Young Mariners Program for more information or to register your interest with this online form.

    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.

    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!

  • 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

    John Bradford

    President

    Joseph Le

    Vice-President

    Justin Boyd

    Secretary

    Aaron Nowlin

    Treasurer

     

    Michael Yuichi Takigawa

    Yokosuka City Relations

     

     

    Alli Krug

    American Community Relations &

    Senior Editor of Writers' Circle

     

     

    Leo Lin

    Research Activities

     

     

    Stacy Lin

    Public Promotion

     

     

    Thomas Lattanzio

    U.S. Fleet Relations

    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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