"Beautifully written and saturated with insights, Intimate Rivals is a scholarly and policy-relevant study of one of the most complex relationships in international relations today."
--Victor D. Cha, Georgetown University, former director for Asian affairs, National Security Council
"This book by one of America's leading analysts of Japan's foreign relations is essential reading for anyone interested in Sino-Japanese relations and the impact of domestic political forces on foreign policy."
--Thomas J. Christensen, Princeton University
"Foreign policy is an extension of domestic politics. This is common knowledge among students of international relations, but we must not overlook the fact that domestic politics is also an extension of foreign policy. In this study, Dr. Sheila A. Smith has availed herself of a massive amount of related documents and interview surveys and placed at the forefront China's sudden emergence and increasing self-assertion, and has traced concisely and persuasively the course whereby Japan has been compelled towards reform of its domestic conservative political system and security arrangements that were established in the post-WWII era with a view to maintaining Japan's position as a leader in Asia. This work suggests that the Japanese experience with China might serve as a future lesson for other countries, the United States included, and is an essential read for thinking about the reconstitution of the East Asian order in light of the rise of China."
--Ryosei Kokubun, President, National Defense Academy of Japan
"This is an authoritative and comprehensive treatment of contemporary Sino-Japanese relations. In an era of preoccupation with China's rise, scholars and policymakers are paying insufficient attention to the strategic decisions of those on China's periphery--decisions that will determine the nature of power transitions and whether they are peaceful or not. None is more important than China's historic maritime rival in Asia-Japan."
--Michael J. Green, Georgetown University
"This well-informed study explains, with admirable clarity, the increasingly involved and complex attitudes in Japanese domestic politics regarding China. Smith, a Japan specialist and senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, offers a fine-grained analysis reaching back to the aftermath of World War II and especially the 1970s, when relations between the former combatants were normalized."
"The relationship between Japan and China extends back more than a millennium but, in spite of (or, perhaps, because of) all that the two countries have borrowed, traded and shared, that relationship could be best summed up as 'Intimate Rivals'— the title of Sheila A. Smith's new book. Smith, a senior fellow for Japan studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, an American research organization, keeps the focus of her worthy analysis on Japan and China's recent history, from the period of normalization between the two countries beginning in the 1970s to the present day."
--J.J. Donoghue, Japan Times
"One might expect close trade ties and a common interest in regional stability to pull China and Japan together. But Smith explores several ways in which growing Chinese power has undercut Japanese public support for conciliatory policies toward Beijing."
--Andrew Nathan, Foreign Affairs
Sheila A. Smith, an expert on Japanese politics and foreign policy, is senior fellow for Japan studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Smith is currently completing the project on Japan's Political Transition and the U.S.-Japan Alliance, and has started a project on Japan's New Strategic Challenge, the subject of her next book. In fall 2014, she will launch a new project on Northeast Asian Nationalisms and Alliance Management. She also writes for the CFR blog Asia Unbound.
Smith's newest book, Intimate Rivals: Japanese Domestic Politics and a Rising China (Columbia University Press, 2014), will be available in December. Among her other publications are Shifting Terrain: The Domestic Politics of the U.S. Military in Asia, East-West Center Special Report No. 8 (East-West Center, 2006) and Local Voices, National Issues: Local Initiative in Japanese Policymaking (University of Michigan Press, 2000).
Smith joined CFR from the East-West Center in 2007, where she specialized in Asia-Pacific international relations and U.S. policy toward Asia. She was also recently affiliated with Keio University in Tokyo, where she researched and wrote on Japan's foreign policy toward China and the Northeast Asian region on an Abe Fellowship. From 2004 to 2007, she directed a multinational research team in a cross-national study of the domestic politics of the U.S. military presence in Japan, South Korea, and the Philippines. Prior to joining the East-West Center, Smith was on the faculty of the Department of International Relations at Boston University (1994–2000), and on the staff of the Social Science Research Council (1992–93). She has been a visiting researcher at two leading Japanese foreign and security policy think tanks, the Japan Institute of International Affairs and the Research Institute for Peace and Security, and at the University of Tokyo and the University of the Ryukyus. She is vice chair of the U.S.-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Exchange (CULCON), a binational advisory panel of government officials and private sectors members. She earned her MA and PhD degrees from the department of political science at Columbia University.