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CGP Grant Program Intellectual Exchange 2019

Boston University, Boston, MA
Leading by Design: Lessons from CMIM-AMRO for the Global Financial Safety Net (Year 1)
Project Director: William Grimes, Associate Dean and Professor
This project proposes a systematic study of AMRO’s (ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office) surveillance capacity and the criteria it uses in the surveillance of ASEAN+4 member countries. Based on that empirical analysis, we will work with a task force of policy makers, regional experts and economists to develop a methodology to evaluate the capacities of RFA surveillance units and to identify gaps and contradictions between the approaches of the RFAs, the IMF, and leading regional economies.

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington, DC
Bridging Gaps for More Strategic U.S.-Japan Science & Technology Cooperation
Project Director: James Schoff, Senior Fellow, Asia Program
This project aims to assess and explain recent developments in Japan and the United States related to harmonizing their information protection, technology security, and export control protocols in the private and public sectors as they relate to strategic Science and Technology cooperation. In addition, the project will foster U.S.-Japan Dialogue among info/tech security professionals and Japan’s private and government sectors to identify remaining hurdles and brainstorm possible solutions related to cost-effective and strategically value high-tech collaboration.

Florida International University (FIU), Miami, FL
U.S.-Japan Service Hub Network (Year 2)
Project Director: Dr. Matthew Marr, Associate Professor, FIU
The project will connect researchers and advocates working in “service hub” neighborhoods in Miami, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Osaka. The individuals who will make up this network work in historically stigmatized neighborhoods where homelessness, aid organizations, and social advocacy have clustered. Amid pressures from expanding gentrification, demographic change, etc. how can these neighborhoods retain their roles as “kakekomi chi’iki (neighborhoods of refuge),” bastions where those displaced by social, economic and cultural forces can begin to rebuild their lives? This project will build a US..-Japan cross national network that aims to address this question theoretically and practically through intellectual exchange, publication and engagement with policy makers and community members.

University of California, Davis, Davis, CA
Managed Retreat as a Tool for Disaster Resilience, US and Japan (Year 2)
Project Director: Nicholas Pinter, Shlemon Professor of Applied Geosciences
This project would bring together a team of U.S., Japanese, and other Asian researchers to visit and study several locations of Managed-Retreat community relocations in the U.S. Midwest and in the Sendai region of Japan. These visits would include visits to impacted communities and discussions with residents and leaders. The goal is to identify specific lessons and guidelines to bring to policymakers so that Managed Retreat may be rationally and effectively implemented, where appropriate, to reduce risk and increase resilience against future disasters and climate change.

University of California, San Diego, San Diego CA
Domestic Politics and Free Trade Agreements (Year 2)
Project Director: Megumi Naoi, Associate Professor (UCSD)
The project team composed of two political scientists and two economists aim to understand the domestic politics of trade agreements in Japan and the United States with a novel, product-level data on trade liberalization and trade agreement outcomes in the past four decades. We aim to inform policymakers about what domestic political pressures enter into trade decision-making in partner countries and how they can overcome these political obstacles to pursue economic cooperation in the Asia-Pacific.