• Volunteer Leaders

    The team that keeps YCAPS on track and moving forward

    Sam Baron

    Program Director, Getting to Know Japan


    Sam Baron is a Researcher at the Research Center for Sustainable Peace (RCSP) of the University of Tokyo, where he is leading an independent research project on Japan’s foreign relations with Myanmar. Alongside his work at the University of Tokyo, Sam is a Non-Resident Scholar with the “US-Japan NEXT Alliance Initiative” of Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA, where he contributes to the think tank's research and analysis on U.S.-Japan alliance coordination in Southeast Asia. As an emerging expert on U.S. relations with Myanmar and Southeast Asia, he has held a number of policy-focused roles working on the ASEAN region with organizations such as the United Nations, the U.S. State Department, and The Asia Group, among others. Earlier in his career, he also worked as a reporter for the Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan’s largest newspaper, where he interviewed a number of influential figures engaged on the U.S.-Japan relationship. Sam holds an M.Phil in International Relations (with distinction) from the University of Cambridge and a B.A. in Political Science and Asian Studies from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

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