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CGP Grant Program Intellectual Exchange 2014

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington, D.C.
Senior Research Associate on Japan (Year 3)
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 2)
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 3)
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 2)
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.

National Bureau of Asian Research, Washington, D.C.
Strategic Assistance: Disaster Relief and Asia-Pacific Stability (Year 2)
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.

Peace Winds America, Seattle, WA
2013-2015 Japan-U.S.-Philippines Civil-Military Disaster Preparedness Initiative (Year 1)
Project Director: Charles Aanenson, Chief Executive Officer
The goal of this project is to strengthen trilateral cooperation and coordination among Japan, the US, and the Philippines as they prepare for and respond to major natural disasters. Peace Winds America (PWA) aims to use the rubric of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) to use HA/DR as a mechanism for closer civil-military alliance interaction.

The Henry L. Stimson Center, Washington, D.C.
US-Japan-Australia Security Cooperation: Prospects and Challenges
Project Director: Yuki Tatsumi, Senior Associate
This project, involving researchers from the US, Japan and Australia aims to show how trilateral groupings have evolved and are gaining increased importance in the United States’ security framework in the Asia-Pacific region. Furthermore, it will explore the opportunities and challenges for security cooperation among the three countries.