American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, Washington, D.C.
Maritime Security in Asia: Challenges and Choices from the Bay of Bengal to the Bering Sea (Year 2)
Project Director: Michael Auslin, Resident Scholar
This project analyzes key issues in the Asian Maritime domain that present challenges to the U.S.-Japan alliance. Topics under discussion include but are not limited to strategic threats, sea lanes of communication, naval doctrine, emerging technology and maritime resources development. In particular, this project will seek to build partnerships and identify mutual arenas for cooperation.
Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C.
Energy Security Initiative and the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies (Year 2)
Project Director: Martin Indyk, Vice President and Director, Foreign Policy
This project with concurrently support: 1) the Energy Security Initiative which will conduct research on U.S.-Japan efforts on climate change and focusing on the dilemma of balancing China’s desire for continuing economic growth with the critical need to engage China into the international climate framework and 2) the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies which seeks to bring qualified scholars to the institution for high-level intellectual exchange between the U.S., Japan, and other countries in Asia.
Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C.
Bridging Asia: U.S.-Japan Strategies for Collaborative Frameworks in Asia (Year 2)
Project Director: Michael Green, Japan Chair and Senior Advisor
Through a series of trilateral U.S.-Japan-India strategic dialogues, this project seeks to formulate recommendations and models to generate a broad consensus within Asia and across the Pacific, advancing the debate over the future institutional architecture of Asian and establishing a leadership agenda to guide the region in the years ahead. Discussions will compare perspective on institutional architecture and indentify areas of convergence, ideas for trilateral policy coordination between the three governments and within regional forms and institutions as well as such key principles that might inform a commonly held vision for how democracies in Asia can work together to advance political stability, economic openness, democracy and the rule of law, good governance, and human rights in Asia.
Cornell University Law School, Ithaca, New York
Hope in Law and the Economy
Project Director: Annelise Riles, Professor of Law and Anthropology
This project will bring together diverse specialists to discuss the most recent findings of research in hope-studies across a broad spectrum of disciplines. In addition, the collaborators seek to develop a strategy for integrating the insights of the research on hope into the political conversation and the policy process thus affecting institutional design and policy making. The final outcome is to be a book on the uses of hope in politics, markets, and law, and aimed at a broad audience of non-specialists.
Council on Foreign Relations, Washington, D.C.
China and India as Emerging Powers: Challenge or Opportunity for the U.S. and Japan? (Year 2)
Project Director: Sheila Smith, Senior Fellow for Japan Studies
Through a series of policy discussions, this project seeks to 1) analyze the rise of China and India in global affairs and ascertain the influence of these newly rising powers in the management of international relations, 2) examine the links between contemporary international power shifts and policy choices made by the United States and Japan, and 3) produce policy relevant prescriptions for private and public sector decision makers in the United States and Japan on opportunities for cooperation. As such, discussions will explore the global consequences of the economic rise of these two countries and the impact on the management of the global economy; conventional and strategic military consequences that accompany this economic rise; the energy needs and environmental impact of these rapidly growing economies and the international coordination necessary to manage the use of resources and resulting environmental impact, and finally, the types of influence expected to emanate from these globalizing powers.
The East-West Center, Honolulu, HI
Japan-United States Journalist Exchange (Year 1)
Project Director: Susan Kreifels, Media Programs Coordinator
Through this project, concurrently, a group of US journalist will travel to Japan, and Japanese journalists to the US to visit the respective capitols and travel further afield to explore issues of politics, economics, education, social issues, etc. Specifically, this year’s theme is “New Leadership and the Global Economic Crisis,” but participants will also look at broader issues such as aging and elder care, immigration, and partnerships with civil society. Community dialogues will be an integral component of the exchange. Finally, the journalists, who come from a broad range of media outlets, will then meet in Honolulu to share perspectives gained through the study tour as well as discuss how to exchange and enhance media cover of US-Japan issues.
Environmental Law Institute, Washington, D.C.
Strengthening Post-Conflict Security and Diplomacy: Integrating Natural Resource Management and Infrastructure Redevelopment into U.S. and Japanese Peacebuilding Initiatives (Year 2)
Project Director: Carl Bruch, Senior Attorney and Co-Director, International Programs
$47,473 This project will support U.S.-Japanese dialogue to determine ways in which effective Post-Conflict Natural Resource Management (PCNRM) and infrastructure development can improve peacebuilding in post-conflict countries in Asia and the Pacific. Methodology will focus on identifying lessons learned from these experiences, developing policy recommendations for U.S. and Japanese bilateral assistance in post-conflict countries, highlighting technical insights in undertaking specific PCNRM projects to strengthen the transition to peace and security, and discussing how the U.S and Japan will disseminate national policy developments internationally.
The Henry L. Stimson Center, Washington, DC
North Korea: Challenges for the US-Japan Alliance
Project Director: Alan D. Romberg, Distinguished Fellow
This project will form a bi-national, U.S.-Japanese Task Force incorporating the up-and-coming generation of specialists to analyze a number of issues in regard to the North Korea challenge vis a vis its nuclear program. Following the analysis, Task Force members will contribute a policy paper relaying the essence of the discussions and lay out a set of policy recommendations for the government of the U.S. and Japan to consider as they move forward on Northeast Asian security issues.
Institute for Sustainable Communities, Montpelier, VT
Education for Sustainable Development in Guangdong, China (Year 2)
Project Director: Matthew DeGroot, Senior Program Officer
The objective of this proposed Japan-U.S.-China collaboration is to strengthen the practice of education for sustainable development (ESD) in the industrial province of Guangdong, China, while building a new network of ESD practitioners from Japan, China and the U.S. This ESD project intends to link schools with the broader community of businesses, civil society organizations, and community life to promote informed and involved citizenship, creative problem solving and cooperative action that balances today’s needs with future consequences.
The Japan Society, New York, NY
Managing Disaster Recovery: International Policy and Practice
Project Director: Daniel Rosenblum, Director, Corporate Programs
This project will bring together Japanese, U.S. , and Australian scholars and practitioners in a series of workshops in order to share ideas on disaster recovery based on case studies throughout the Pacific. The proposed outcomes include the creation of a mutual knowledge organization capable of offering aid internationally in disaster recovery situations as well as a publication with global applications.
Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Washington, D.C.
Japan-U.S.-Canada Cooperation in a Multilateral Context (Year 1)
Project Director: Kent Calder, Director, Reischauer Center of East Asian Studies
This project, through a series of three conferences, seeks to strengthen relations among Japan , Canada , and the United States through the exploration of issues of mutual analytical interest. The four overarching topics under discussion are: 1) international developments and international architecture, 2) the Arctic region and global affairs, 3) developments in the Asia-Pacific region, and 4) energy security. Conference proceedings and conclusions will be disseminated to the broader public both through Internet websites, and through the publication of Occasional Papers.
Kansas Rural Center, Lawrence, KS
Nurturing Communities through Local Foods Networks (Year 2)
Project Directors: Patricia Graham, Research Associate, Kansas Rural Center; Dan Nagengast, Director, Kansas Rural Center
This project will develop innovative responses to problems in modern food systems while bringing rural agricultural issues to the awareness of the larger public. Japanese and American farmers, NGOs, and policy makers from their respective country’s rural heartland will collaborate to shed light on common problems affecting organic farming practices. Reciprocal visits will be organized between Japan and the US in order to promote organic food systems, communicate and cooperate among specialized groups, and spread knowledge gained from the exchange to a broad cross section of producers and consumers.
Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
An Impetus for Growth in a Regional Economy (Year 1)
Project Director: Carleen Maitland, Assistant Professor, College of Information Sciences and Technology
This project seeks to generate knowledge of the process and outcomes of regional standards initiatives, particularly those undertaken by the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, as well as generate policy recommendations that can strengthen the role of Japanese and U.S. organizations, firms and governments alike, in these regional processes. The research team, members from Penn State University , Georgetown University , and Hitotsubashi University , together with industry professionals, will collect and analyze data through interview with and surveys of regional and national government entities and their industry counterparts.
Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Energy Efficiency in International Relations: Japan in Comparative Perspective
Project Director: Phillip Lipscy, Assistant Professor
This workshop support is part of a larger project which seeks to construct a comprehensive dataset to examine cross-national variations in energy policy and investigate the mechanisms and causal processes that contribute to energy policy making. The workshop itself will be a gathering of academics, policy makers, and private sector experts to discuss the Japanese case from a comparative perspective. Intended outcomes include an edited volume on the subject and to define more precisely the gaps in existing knowledge to guide the data collection.
The University of Georgia Research Foundation, Athens, GA
Trilateral Cooperation for a Secure Supply-Chain in Asia: Convergence of Japanese, American and Indian Interests on Nonproliferation, Counter-Terrorism, and High Technology Cooperation (Year 1)
Project Director: Anupam Srivastava, Director, Asia Program, Center for International Trade and Security
This project seeks to bring together the United States, Japan, and India so that each may clearly articulate interests of the economic and security architecture in Asia (spanning the arc from Iran and the Persian Gulf, through the Indian Ocean to the Bay of Bengal, to the Straits of Malacca, and onward to the Sea of Japan) in order to identify specific, shared, near-term priorities in ensuring favorable economic and security outcomes there. Issues to be discussed include access to energy markets; safe and expanded trade; and the prevention of piracy, terrorism and WMD-related proliferation. Collaborators will then assess the feasibility of developing joint strategies and complementary capabilities to ensure such outcomes and propose actionable steps each country can take to operationalize their cooperation.
The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Corporate Social Responsibility in a Globalizing World: Toward Effective Global CSR Frameworks (Year 2)
Project Director: Kiyoteru Tsutsui, Assistant Professor of Sociology
This project seeks to bring together Japanese, Southeast Asia-based, and U.S. scholars and practitioners to examine patterns of corporations’ participation in global voluntary frameworks that promote corporate social responsibility (CSR) and its impact on corporations’ CSR practices.
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC
Building U.S. and Japanese Clean Water Networks in China (Year 1)
Project Director: Jennifer Turner, Director, China Environment Forum
Through workshops, research, and publications the China Environment Forum, together with the Institute of Developing Economies and Nanjing University, aims to build a network of U.S., Japanese, and Chinese government NGO, research, and business representatives who will jointly explore promising market, public-private partnerships, and public participation strategies to promote better protection of watersheds in China, in particular the Lake Tai watershed. This two-year project aims not only to educate Chinese environmental policy practitioners in the Lake Tai region of new watershed protection tools, but it also hopes to generate models for Japanese-U.S. environmental cooperation in China.