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CGP Grant Program Intellectual Exchange 2013

Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C.
Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies (Year 2)
Project Director: Martin Indyk, Vice President and Director, Foreign Policy
This project aims to bring qualified scholars to the institution for high-level intellectual exchange between the U.S., Japan, and other countries in Asia. The individuals are mid-to-senior career professionals who spend several months at Brookings researching and writing on a topic of relevance to their work in Japan. They also interact with other Visiting Fellows from Asia and with the broader think tank and policy community in Washington.

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington, D.C.
Senior Research Associate on Japan (Year 2)
Project Director: Douglas H. Paal, Vice President of Studies
The aim of this project is to support a new position in Carnegie’s growing Asia Program to focus research on political, economic, and social issue in Japan and affecting the U.S.-Japan relationship. This scholar will engage in activities and produce publications that will inform the American and international audience, particularly U.S. policymakers and leaders in Asia, so they can make decisions based on deeper analysis and better-informed recommendations.

Center for the National Interest, Washington D.C.
Strengthening Strategic Partnerships with our Ally: U.S.-Japan-Vietnam Trilateral Cooperation (Year 1)
Project Director: Paul Saunders, Executive Director
This project aims to promote dialogue among the U.S., Japan, and Vietnam in an effort to create a strategic, cooperative trilateral mechanism that is convergent, coherent, and enduring, enhance the U.S.-Japan alliance’s role and visibility in regional security and lastly, promote burden sharing whiles also contributing to American, Japanese, and Vietnamese capabilities.

Council on Foreign Relations, Washington, D.C.
Japan’s Political Transition and the US-Japan Alliance (Year 2)
Project Director: Sheila Smith, Senior Fellow for Japan Studies
This project will analyze the political transition in Japan as it pertains to the management of the U.S.-Japan alliance. Case studies of specific alliance policies adopted by the DPJ government will be compared with previous LDP governments to ascertain the extent of policy difference between the two parties.

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, Oakland, CA
U.S.-Japan-Taiwan Joint Investigation on Transferable Disaster Recovery Lessons (Year 1)
Project Director: Marjorie Greene, Special Projects Manager
This two-year project aims to gain and promote a clearer international understanding of how societies can equip communities to become more resilient to disasters through adaptation in the face of risks and uncertainty both before and after major disasters. A series of study tours in Japan, the United States, and Taiwan will address pre and post-disaster resilience planning challenges at the community and societal levels.

East-West Center
, Honolulu, HI
Disaster Management and Resiliency in the Asia Pacific Journalism Fellowships
Project Director: Elizabeth Dorn, Program Coordinator, Seminars
This project is for a twelve-day study tour in which twelve journalists – including ones from the Japan and the U.S. – travel to cities in the United States, Japan and China. The journalists will meet with government officials, corporate executives, scientists, academics, journalists, environmental activists and other stakeholders to understand disaster management and resiliency from a wide variety of perspectives. The agenda will include meetings, roundtable discussions and field trips.
There will also be a dialogue in the final stop of the study-tour to allow participants time to talk about their experiences and to discuss the role and responsibility of local and international media in accurately reporting disasters.

East-West Center, Washington, D.C.
Japan Studies Fellowship Program (Year 3)
Project Director: Satu Limaye, Director, East-West Center, Washington, D.C.
This program will provide short-term fellowships for young and rising scholars and analysts from the United States and Japan to conduct research on issues of key relevance to the US-Japan partnership in the years to come. The following is required of each fellow: 1. residence at East-West Center, DC generally from 3-6 months including fieldwork in Japan; 2. a scholar/policy-relevant mentor to help guide work; 3. publish at least one article in an EWC publication, and 4. give a public presentation on their research at the EWC.

German Marshall Fund, Washington, D.C
Trilateral Forum Tokyo: Cooperation in a Time of Flux
Project Director: Daniel Kliman, Senior Advisor Asia Program
Some 70 leading scholars, think tankers, journalists, government officials, and business representatives from Japan, the U.S., and Europe will meet for a Track 1.5 conference to explore avenues for further trilateral cooperation and to discuss topical issues in the Asia-Pacific regional architecture.

International Council on Clean Transportation, San Francisco, CA
Reducing International Energy Consumption: A Global Dialogue for Leadership on Truck Efficiency
Project Director: Dan Rutherford, Program Director for Marine and Transportation
The project will bring together technical experts and regulars from Japan, US, China, and Europe to share information and coordinate on the development of aligned efficiency programs for heavy-duty vehicles.

iLEAP: The Center for Critical Service, Seattle, WA
US-Japan Social Innovation Forum (Year 2)
Project Director: Britt Yamamoto
This two-year project includes three aims:1. capacity building and global leadership training for the next generation of Japanese social leaders and entrepreneurs; 2. a platform for Americans to learn from and build practical partnerships of mutual support with Japanese civil society institutions and social businesses; and 3. seed and cultivate new global collaborations within civil society in the Asia-Pacific region in order to best solve key global issues.

Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA
Fiscal Consolidation in Industrialized Economies (Year 2)
Project Director: Gene Park, Assistant Professor
This project seeks to improve our understanding of fiscal consolidation – the process of attempting to restore fiscal balance to government finances. The goal is to generate a better understanding of the fiscal consolidation experiences across a range of countries in order to derive concrete policy implications that will help guide policymarkers in Japan and beyond.

National Bureau of Asian Research, Washington, D.C.
Strategic Assistance: Disaster Relief and Asia-Pacific Stability (Year 1)
Project Director: Abe Denmark, Senior Vice President for Political and Security Affairs
This project will focus on strengthening the capacity of the U.S.-Japan alliance, including whole-of-government efforts as well as those by NGOs and the private sector, to effectively respond to disasters in South and Southeast Asia.

Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Improving Nuclear Safety and Security after Disasters (Year 2)
Project Director, Scott Sagan, Professor and Senior Fellow
This two-year project aims to conduct research on nuclear safety and security lessons that can be culled from the recent tragedy in Japan. Through workshops, conferences, and public events at Stanford and in Tokyo along with an international symposium in Hiroshima, researchers will be reviewing lessons of history and identify best practices. Researchers will then communicate their research findings to policy-makers overseeing the current international system, developing countries committed to nuclear energy programs, and members of the general public. The outcome will be an edited volume based on the research papers.

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
The Economic Impact of the Great Tohoku-Northern Kanto Earthquake (Year 2)
Project Director: Robert Dekle, Professor
This two-year project will bring together economic experts in the US and Japan commission and discuss papers analyzing the economic impact of Japan’s March 2011 earthquake. Workshops will be held in both the US and Japan, results of these papers will be disseminated to government officials and academics.