• What the US-Japan Alliance Hopes to See Europe Contribute to the Indo-Pacific

    Indo-Pacific Policy Dialogue (via Zoom) -- 1900 (JST) 14 June 2021

    Join YCAPS and Jeunes IHEDN for a webinar discussing what the United States-Japan Alliance would like to see from European powers as they become more involved with Indo-Pacific affairs.


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    Tsuneo Watanabe is senior research fellow of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, an independent policy research organization in Tokyo. Watanabe joined the Sasakawa Peace Foundation in October 2016. Previously, he had served as senior fellow and director of foreign and security policy research at the Tokyo Foundation (2009–2016), senior fellow at the Mitsui Global Strategic Studies Institute in Tokyo (2005–2009), and research associate, fellow, and senior fellow at CSIS in Washington (1995–2005). His publications include “Japan’s ‘Proactive Contribution’ and US Rebalancing Policy” in Asia Pacific Countries and the US Rebalancing Strategy, edited by David W.F. Huang (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016); “A NATO-Asia Partnership Would Ease Japan’s Regional Security Cooperation Dilemma,” in NATO and Asia Pacific, edited by Alexander Moens and Brooke A. Smith-Windsor (NATO Defense College, 2016); “New Understanding of Contemporary America” [in Japanese] (Mikasa Shobo, 2012); and “Are the US and China Trading Places in 2025: History Tells the Truth of US-China Relations” [in Japanese] (PHP Research Institute, 2011). Watanabe received his D.D.S. from Tohoku University in Japan and his M.A. in political science from the New School for Social Research in New York.


    Kevin Maher is a Senior Advisor at NMV Consulting, LLC. Kevin joined NMV Consulting after retiring from the U.S. Department of State as a Senior Foreign Service officer, following a distinguished thirty-year career with a focus on Japan and East Asia. Kevin led the State Department’s Japan Task Force in the aftermath of the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident. Prior to that, Kevin was the Director of the Office of Japan Affairs at the State Department in Washington DC (2009 – 2011). Kevin served 18 years in Japan, including as the Consul General in Okinawa, Japan; Director of Political Military Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, where he oversaw the realignment of U.S. military forces in Japan; as the Minister-Counselor for Environment, Science and Technology at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, which included oversight of the nuclear energy relationship; and as Principal Officer in Fukuoka, Japan. He also spent three years in the Pentagon as Chief of the Policy Office for the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force. Prior to joining the U.S. Department of State Kevin was an attorney in Atlanta, Georgia. Kevin speaks Japanese fluently, and speaks some Mandarin and Cantonese. Kevin earned a J.D. from the University of Georgia in 1981, an M.A. from the University of Hawaii in 1977 (Modern East Asia), and a B.A. from LaGrange College (Modern Europe) in1974. He was a Visiting Associate at the University of Tokyo 1997-1998. His Japanese language book, The Japan That Can’t Decide, (決断できない日本) was a best seller in the fall of 2011. Kevin appears regularly on Japanese television news programs as a commentator on political and national security issues.


    Format: This event will be off-the-record. Questions are encouraged. It will not be recorded.

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    Moderator: John Bradford and Stephen Nagy

    Webinar Cost: Free of charge

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