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Weston Konishi is chief operating officer of Peace Winds America (PWA), a disaster preparedness and response organization focusing on the Asia-Pacific. He previously served as director of Asia-Pacific studies at the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis (IFPA), where he specialized in Japan and Asia policy issues. Before joining IFPA, he served as an Analyst in Asian Affairs at the Congressional Research Service (CRS), authoring Japan’s Historic 2009 Elections: Implications for U.S. Interests, the first report to Congress focusing on the Democratic Party of Japan. He was also principal author of the CRS report, South Korea: Its Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy Outlook. From 2007 to 2008, Konishi was a Council on Foreign Relations/Hitachi International Affairs Fellow in Japan. During that time, he conducted research on Japanese foreign and defense policies at the Tokyo-based Institute for International Policy Studies (IIPS) and the National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS). His research also involved extensive fieldwork in China, South Korea and Singapore. From 2004 to 2007, Weston served as Director of Programs at the Mansfield Foundation, where he oversaw the Foundation’s exchanges, policy dialogues, research projects, and development activities. In 2006, Weston served as an adjunct lecturer on U.S.-Japan relations at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. Weston is co-author of the Japan chapter in the book, Powers and Principles: International Leadership in a Shrinking World (Lexington Books). He is a contributing author in the edited volume, Strategic Yet Strained: U.S. Force Realignment in Japan and its Effects on Okinawa (Stimson Center, 2008). From 2000 to 2008, Weston was a monthly contributing columnist on regional affairs for The Daily Yomiuri. Weston is a member of the United States Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (USCSCAP) and a participant in numerous leadership forums, including the Aspen Institute’s Socrates Society. He is a frequent commentator in the media and has been interviewed on PBS’s WorldFocus, Al Jazeera English, TV Tokyo, Voice of America, AFP, IPS, and other print news outlets. Weston received both his BA and MA from the International Christian University in Mitaka, Tokyo, where he was awarded a Monbusho (Ministry of Education) Scholarship.