5:30 – 6:00 p.m. Reception
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Meeting
Sheila A. Smith argues that despite some regional concerns about Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's geopolitical ambitions, his diplomatic vision to date looks more like a return to Japan's much vaunted economic diplomacy.
Sheila A. Smith says Obama's trip to Asia in April will strengthen some very important relationships and stimulate constructive attention to a diplomatic logjam between Tokyo and Seoul.
Japan's new politics challenge some basic assumptions about U.S.-Japan alliance management. CFR Senior Fellow Sheila A. Smith explores this new era of alternating parties in power and reveals the growing importance of Japan's domestic politics in shaping alliance cooperation.