Japan Studies Program Newsletter

October 9, 2009

CHINA AND JAPAN AS EMERGING POWERS: CHALLENGE OR OPPORTUNITY FOR THE UNITED STATES AND JAPAN?

The Japan program's new project initiative, "China and India as Emerging Powers: Challenge or Opportunity for the United States and Japan?", is off to a strong start after a successful planning workshop, held in Washington, DC, on July 27, 2009. This project examines the rise of China and India in global affairs, and studies the economic, security, and environmental implications of global governance with a particular focus on the implications for the United States and for Japanese policymaking.

This project is made possible by a generous grant from the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.

JAPAN'S MOMENT OF CHOICE

Japan's politics have been transformed by the Democratic Party of Japan's defeat of the long-governing Liberal Democratic Party. In this CFR expert brief, Dr. Sheila A. Smith says the rise of the Democratic Party of Japan could test the U.S.-Japan alliance and advises U.S. policymakers to focus on economic and energy-related cooperation.

NORTHEAST ASIA REGIONAL SECURITY ARCHITECTURE PROJECT

Dr. Sheila A. Smith will convene a group of leading regional experts in mid-October to discuss the prospects for cooperation on the Northeast Asia Regional Security Architecture project. The final workshop, to be held in Tokyo in collaboration with Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE), will focus on the impact of domestic political change on the regional diplomatic agenda and the place accorded to multilateralism in each nation's foreign policy. A completed collection of essays will be made available on CFR.org.

This project has been made possible by grants from the Robina Foundation, the United States-Japan Foundation, and the Korea Foundation, and by support from CFR's program on International Institutions and Global Governance.

UPCOMING ROUNDTABLES

This fall, the Japan program is delighted to welcome His Excellency Mr. Koichiro Matsuura, director-general of UNESCO, and Messrs. Hirokazu Nakaima and Shigefumi Matsuzawa, governors of Okinawa Prefecture and Kanagawa Prefecture, respectively.