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Mike Mansfield Fellowship Program

This exchange program allows a select group of U.S. federal employees to develop an in-depth understanding of Japan, learn how its government works, and establish relationships with their counterparts in the government of Japan as well as in the business, professional and academic communities. more

 

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U.S.-Japan Network for the Future Program

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership has initiated a new program intended to foster a network of “New Generation” Japan specialists.

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Capitol Hill Asia Policy Dialogues

The CAP program gives a group of world-class corporations top access to policymakers and Asia experts as well as vital information on contemporary economic security and trade issues.

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"Current Challenges in U.S.-Asia Trade and Investment "

 

On June 14, the Mansfield Foundation hosted representatives of the Asia-Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce for a lunch discussion on Capitol Hill on U.S. trade and investment in Asia. The speakers – Richard Vuylsteke, President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong; Edmund Sim, Partner, Appleton Luff in Singapore; Tom Clark, Vice President for Government Affairs and Policy, GE Capital Asia in Tokyo; and Tom Pinansky, a Vice Chairman at AmCham Korea and Partner at Barun Law in Seoul – provided an American business perspective on U.S. economic engagement with East and Southeast Asia. The speakers addressed a range of topics including U.S.-China relations, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Korea-US Free Trade Agreement and the Administration’s National Export Initiative

 

 

Mansfield Internships

The Mansfield Foundation is now seeking social media and program assistant interns. Learn more about our internships.

 

Mansfield Foundation Visiting Fellows

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Observations on the Great East Japan Earthquake

 

The Mansfield Foundation extends the deepest sympathy to all those affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake.  While the Foundation itself does not have the capacity to receive and distribute donations for the Japanese relief effort, we would like to suggest directing your support to the 501(c)(3) organizations listed in this message from our Executive Director

 

We also would like to share the unique perspectives of Mansfield Fellows on the implications of the earthquake for Japan and for U.S.-Japan relations.  Several alumni Fellows have played a role in U.S. government efforts to support disaster relief efforts in Japan and to assess lessons the U.S. can learn from Japan’s experience.  Some of these alumni Fellows offer their observations in commentary pieces here.

 

 

These include Leo Bosner, who participated in the Fellowship Program from 1999-2001 as a representative of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  Mr. Bosner was in Tokyo during the earthquake, returned to Japan in June, and shares his initial thoughts and questions about Japan’s response in “Japan’s Response to a Large-Scale Disaster:  Can It Be Improved?Zenji Nakazawa (Mansfield Fellow 1997-1999) shares his experience as part of a Federal Communications Commission working group tasked with reaching out to representatives of Japan’s government and telecommunications industry following the earthquake in his commentary, Initial Observations of Japan’s Disaster Communications Response during the Great East Japan Earthquake.Tony Waller (Mansfield Fellow 2007-2009), a tenant representative at the U.S. General Services Administration, shares insights based on his Fellowship experience in “Reconstruction for Japan’s Tohoku Region.Michael Clark (Mansfield Fellow 2008-2010), a Fishery Management Specialist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service, addresses the challenges of rebuilding the fishing industry in Tohoku in his commentary, “The Impacts of the 3-11 Tsunami on Regional Fisheries in Japan.”  We look forward to offering additional commentary pieces by other alumni Mansfield Fellows in the weeks ahead.

 



Recent News

David Boling Named Mansfield Foundation Deputy Executive Director (日本語)

Mr. Boling will provide counsel and strategic advice to Executive Director Gordon Flake regarding the Foundation’s administration, direction and mission.  He also will serve as director of the Mike Mansfield Fellowship Program, a congressionally-mandated professional exchange for mid-level U.S. government employees.  In addition, he will manage programs including the U.S.-Japan Network for the Future, a program launched in 2009 to foster a new generation of Japan specialists.

 

Now Accepting Applications for the “U.S.-Japan Network for the Future” Program

The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, after a successful inaugural program, are pleased to announce the recruitment of a new group of participants for the “U.S.-Japan Network for the Future” program.  This program was launched in 2009 to foster a new generation of Japan specialists.  The inaugural group of fifteen Network participants has met regularly throughout 2010 and 2011 to build their knowledge of Japan, their policy expertise, and their contacts in Japan-related policy circles.   The Foundation and CGP are pleased to make this opportunity available to a second group of emerging Japan specialists.

 

NEW PUBLICATION FROM THE MANSFIELD FOUNDATION

CoverThe Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation is pleased to announce the publication of Re-examining the Importance of the U.S.-Japan Relationship in an Era of Change, now available here.   This publication summarizes discussions held as part of a two-day program to reassess the U.S.-Japan relationship in light of domestic political changes, regional tensions and other developments.  Program participants included members of two Mansfield Foundation programs – the Mike Mansfield Fellowships and the U.S.-Japan Network for the Future – as well as Japanese discussants from academic institutions, government agencies and think tanks in the U.S. and Japan.  Ambassador Rust Deming, adjunct professor for the Japan Studies Program at Johns Hopkins University and now the head of the Office of Japan Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, led both days of the program, which included a closed-door working session at the Foundation’s Washington, D.C., office February 28, 2011 and a public event on Capitol Hill March 1.  During the two-day event nine East Asia specialists and Ambassador Deming discussed regional security issues, the aftermath of the global financial crisis, and new factors affecting climate change and energy policies in the U.S. and Japan.  This publication presents on overview of those discussions as well as follow-up discussions in which participants were asked to assess the implications of the Great East Japan Earthquake for the relationship.

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Recent Programs / Events

An Introduction to U.S. Trade Policy

Speaker:Jordan Heiber, Mansfield Fellow and Foreign Affairs Officer, U.S. Department of State

Moderator: Dr. Yuqing Xing, Professor of Economics and the Director of Asian Economic Policy at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)

Tokyo, Japan

June 23, 2011, The National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)

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Recent Commentary by Network for the Future Fellows

 

"Contribute to renewal not just recovery" Commentary by Mary Alice Haddad, Associate Professor, Wesleyan University, Abe Fellow, and U.S.-Japan Network for the Future Fellow, published in the Asahi Shimbun.

 

Daniel Aldrich, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Purdue University and U.S.-Japan Network for the Future Fellow, quoted in  “The Key to Disaster Survival? Friends and Neighbors" by Shankar Vedantam, published in National Public Radio, July 4, 2011.

 

"Future Fission: Why Japan Won’t Abandon Nuclear Power." Commentary by Daniel P. Aldrich, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Purdue University and U.S.-Japan Network for the Future Fellow, published in Global Asia, June, 2011.

 

 "The Tohoku Disaster: Crisis 'Windows,' Complexity, and Social Capital." Commentary by Daniel P. Aldrich, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Purdue University and U.S.-Japan Network for the Future Fellow, published in Items & Issues, The Social Science Research Council, June, 2011.

 

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Other Recent Commentary

 

"Japan's Necessary Nuclear Future." article by Ryan Shaffer, Program Associate, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, published in The Diplomat. July 12, 2011

 

Taiwan and the South China Sea," article by Richard Pearson, Program Associate, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, published in Taipei Times .

July 1, 2011

 

"The U.S. Approach to Peacebuilding: From a Whole-of-Government to a Whole of Alliance Approach with Japan," Report by Weston Konishi, Adjunct Fellow, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation and Associate Director of Asia-Pacific Studies at the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis (IFPA); and Charles T. McClean, research intern at IFPA.  This report was presented at an April 29, 2011 workshop as part of a research and dialogue project between IFPA, partners from Osaka University's School of International Public Policy and others.

 

"The Limits to U.S.-Vietnam Ties" article by Richard Pearson, Program Associate, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, published in The Diplomat.

June 16, 2011

 

"The Impacts of the 3-11 Tsunami on Regional Fisheries in Japan" article by Michael Clark (Mansfield Fellow, 2008-2010)

May 12, 2011

 

Executive Director Gordon Flake speaking about "China's Approach to North Korea" at the Korea Society in New York.

May 5, 2011

 

Mansfield Fellowship Program interview with Paige Cottingham-Streater on Federal News Radio

March 29, 2011

 

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Recent News

 

David Boling Named Mansfield Foundation Deputy Executive Director (日本語)

 

Now Accepting Applications for the “U.S.-Japan Network for the Future” Program

 

Now Accepting Applications for Tokyo Office Program Assistant Internship (日本語)

 

Mansfield Foundation publishes "Re-Examining the U.S.-Japan Relationship in an Era of Change" (more)

 

Mansfield Foundation Publishes New Book Reassessing the Ideal Security State in Northeast Asia 2025

 

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Mansfield Asian Opinion Poll Database

 

Our new web-based resource contains English translations of opinion polls from Japan, Korea and China, enabling visitors to our website to monitor key public opinion trends in Northeast Asia. Enter

 

 

New Polls:

Asahi Shimbun April 2011 Regular Public Opinion Poll (11-04)

 

New Commentary:

What are Private Enterprises to Do?

A Horizon Research and HorizonKey joint online publication

Translated in July 2011

Young Entrepeneurs

A Horizon Research and HorizonKey joint online publication
January 2011

Mayors perceived to endure high stress, but enjoy higher standard of living

A Horizon Research and HorizonKey joint online publication
January 2011

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Previous Programs / Events

ICAS Event: Managing the Challenges of North Korean Collapse

Speaker: Jennifer Lind, Assistant Professor of Government at Dartmouth College and U.S.-Japan Network for the Future Fellow

Discussant: Peter M. Beck, Council on Foreign Relations/Hitachi International Affairs Fellow in Japan

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Current Challenges in U.S.-Asia Trade and Investment: Perspectives from American Chambers of Commerce in Asia

Speakers: Mr. Tom Clark, Vice President for Government Affairs and Policy, GE Capitol Asia (Tokyo); Dr. Richard Vuylsteke, President, American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong; Mr. Edmund Sim, Partner, Appleton Luff (Singapore); Mr. Tom Pinansky, Senior Foreign Attorney, Barun Law (Seoul) 

Capitol Hill Asia Policy Dialogue

June 14 , 2011

The Next Generation Air Transportation System: Public and Private Funding Issues

Speaker: James Spillane, Mansfield Fellow and Supervisory Traffic Management Coordinator, Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation

Moderator: Dr. Yoshitsugu Kanemoto, Executive Advisor to the President and Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)

Tokyo, Japan

May 13, 2011, The National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)

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Law of the Sea and Asian Maritime Disputes

A joint event with The Centre for Comparative and Public Law of The University of Hong Kong and The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation

May 11, 2011

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26th Annual Mansfield Conference: "Vietnam and Regional Architecture in Southeast Asia."

University of Montana

April 13, 2011

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One Month After the Disaster in Japan: A Business Perspective on the American Response and Its Implications for U.S.-Japan Relations

Speaker: Mr. Charles Lake, Chairman, Aflac Japan

Capitol Hill Asia Policy Dialogue

April 11 , 2011

The Future of the Trans-Pacific Partnership: What Does Vietnam's Accession Mean for the TPP?

Speaker: Mr. Jeffrey Schott, Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics

Capitol Hill Asia Policy Dialogue

March 23, 2011

U.S.-Vietnam Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific

Speaker: Mr. Robert Scher, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for South and Southeast Asia

Capitol Hill Asia Policy Dialogue
March 16, 2011

Re-examining the Importance of the U.S.-Japan Relationship in an Era of Change: A Conversation with Ambassador Rust Deming

Capitol Hill

March 1, 2011

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U.S. Legislative Process and the Outlook for the 112th Congress

Speaker: Ms. Rachelle Johnson, Mansfield Fellow and Senior Legislative Assistant for U.S. Senator Thad Cochran

Moderator: Dr. Mikitaka Masuyama, Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)

Tokyo, Japan

January 27, 2011, The National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)

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U.S. – South Korea Relations and Northeast Asian Security

Speaker: Lieutenant General Jin H Hwang (Ret.), National Assembly of the Republic of Korea
Capitol Hill Asia Policy Dialogue
January 27, 2011

"2010 Year-End Dialogue: Foreign, Security, and Unification Affairs of the Republic of Korea" by Assemblyman Jin Ha Hwan

The Security Situation on the Korean Peninsula

Speaker: Speaker: Lieutenant General Jin H Hwang (Ret.), National Assembly of the Republic of Korea

Tokyo, Japan

January 21, 2011

China's Impact in Africa: How Does China's Role in African Development Compare with the West's?

A joint event with the Society for International Development and Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation

December 16, 2010

Turning Japanese: A Year in Japan as a Mansfield Fellow

A NOAA brown bag seminar featuring Michael Clark (Mansfield Fellow 2008-2010, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service) 

December 16, 2010

Observations on two economic crisis: What the World Learned from Japan

Speaker: Matthew Poggi , Mansfield Fellow and Economist, U.S. Department of the Treasury

Moderator: Tadashi Nunami , Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)

Tokyo, Japan

November 19, 2010, The National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)

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Financial Sector Reforms in China: Ensuring Fair Access for U.S. Firms

Speakers: Pieter Bottelier, Senior Adjunct Professor of China Studies, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS); and John Dearie, Executive Vice President for Policy, The Financial Services Forum

Capitol Hill Asia Policy Dialogue

November 4, 2010

Click here to read a related paper by John Dearie published in Caijing magazine

R2PW: The Rationale for a Foreign Policy that Takes the Cause of Women Seriously

Speaker: Valerie M. Hudson, Professor of Political Science, Brigham Young University

Discussant: Roberta Cohen, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy and Senior Adviser, Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement, Brookings Institution

Co-sponsored by: Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies at Brookings Institution and David M. Kennedy for International Studies at Brigham Young University

Washington, D.C.

October 28,2010

Click here for an event summary and transcript

U.S.-Japan Security Relations: Enduring Ties, Recent Developments

Speaker: Michael Schiffer, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian & Pacific Security Affairs, East Asia, Department of Defense

Asia Policy Dialogue Series, Washington, D.C

August 6, 2010

Transportation Strategies for an Aging Population: Approaches In the United States and Japan

Speaker: Elizabeth Machek , Mansfield Fellow, Community Planner, Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, Research and Innovatiove Technology Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation

Moderator: Naohiko Hibino, Associate Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)

June 30 , 2010, The National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS),

Tokyo, Japan

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U.S.-Korea-Japan Relations: Korea Takes Up the Mantle of Leadership

Speaker: Michael Auslin, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research

Hosted by the Japan Chair at CSIS, the Korea Economic Institute (KEI), and the Maureen and MIke Mansfield Foundation

Washington, D.C.

May 28, 2010

Flirting with Disaster: The Hatoyama Administration and Japanese Politics

Speaker: Kiichi Fujiwara, Professor, University of Tokyo

Asia Policy Dialogue Series, Washington, D.C.

May 19, 2010

U.S.-Japan Cooperation on Integrated Approach to Transportation: Improving Efficiency and Reducing Emissions from Passenger Vehicles

Washington, D.C.

April 26, 2010

Seizing the Moment: APEC 2010 and 2011

A public forum hosted by the Peterson Institute for International Economics, the U.S. National Center for APEC, The Australian National University, and the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation

Peterson Institute for International Economics, Washington, D.C.

April 16, 2010

China-Iran Energy Relations: Beyond the Headlines

Speaker: Erica Downs, China Energy Fellow, John L. Thornton China Center, The Brookings Institution

Capitol Hill, Capitol Hill Asia Policy Dialogue

March 26, 2010

Opcon Transfer and Its Implications for the U.S.-ROK Alliance

Keynote Speaker: Gen. John H. Tilelli, Jr., Cypress International, Former Commander-in-Chief, UN Command, Combined Forces Command, U.S. Forces Korea

Keynote Address: Hon. Jin Ha Hwang, Korean National Assemblyman

Panel Presenters: Bruce Bechtol, U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College; Patrick Cronin, Center for New American Security; Sung-han Kim, Korea University; Michael O'Hanlon, The Brookings Institution

Moderator: L. Gordon Flake, The Maureen and MIke Mansfield Foundation

Keynote Address: Adm. Michael McDevitt, Center for Naval Analyses

Co-hosted with The Center for U.S.-Korea Policy

March 25, 2010

Washington, D.C.

Click here for a transcript of the conference.

Change in Human Flows between the United States and Japan: Report and Policy Implications

Speakers: Mizuki Yamanaka, Visiting Fellow at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation and Consultant at the World Bank; and James Gannon, Executive Director of the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE/USA) and U.S.-Japan Network for the Future Fellow
March 4, 2010, The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation
Washington, D.C.

To view Mr. Yamanaka's report, click here.

To view Mr. Yamanaka's PowerPoint presentation and additional graphs.

Pillars of a U.S. Strategy for ASEAN

Speaker: Ernest Bower, Senior Adviser & Director, Southeast Program, Center for Strategic & International Studies

Capitol Hill, Capitol Hill Asia Policy Dialogue

February 26, 2010

Experiences with Individual Transferable Quotas (ITQs) as a Fisheries Management Tool and the Potential for their Inclusion in Japan

Speaker: Michael Clark, Mansfield Fellow, Fishery Management Specialist, National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

U.S. Department of Commerce

Moderator: Masayuki Komatsu, Professor, the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)

January 29, 2010, The National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS),

Tokyo, Japan

PowerPoint Presentation in English

PowerPoint Presentation in Japanese

Sorry States: Apologies in International Politics

Speaker: Jennifer Lind, U.S.-Japan Network for the Future Fellow, Assistant Professor, Dartmouth College

Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

January 21, 2010

Stability Operations and Requirements for a Transitioning Korea

Speaker: Jennifer Lind, U.S.-Japan Network for the Future Fellow, Assistant Professor, Dartmouth College

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Washington, D.C.

January 21, 2010,

U.S.-Japan Network for the Future

Washington, D.C.

January 6-8, 2010

APEC: Strengthening Strategic Ties between the U.S. and the Asia Pacific

Speaker: Kurt Tong, U.S. Senior Official for APEC, Bureau of East Asia and the Pacific, U.S. Department of State

Capitol Hill, Capitol Hill Asia Policy Dialogue

December 17, 2009

U.S. Government Trade Promotion Assistance for Small & Medium Sized Companies

Speaker: Douglas Jacobson, Mansfield Fellow, International Trade Specialist, U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce

Moderator: Hideki Makihara, Former member of the House of Representatives in the Diet (LDP), Affiliated Fellow, the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)

November 9, 2009, The National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS),

Tokyo, Japan

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Seizing the Moment: APEC 2010 and 2011

A public forum hosted by Keizai Doyukai, the Australian National University, and the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation

Tokyo, Japan

October 1, 2009

The DPJ's Foreign Policy: Implications for U.S.-Japan Relations

Speakers: Masatoshi Honda, PhD, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies; and Weston Konishi, Analyst in Asian Affairs, Congressional Research Service, and Adjunct Fellow, The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation

Mansfield Foundation Roundtable Discussion Series, Washington, D.C.

September 30, 2009

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Methuselah’s Challenge: Aging in Asia and America

The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at the University of Montana and The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation Annual Conference

The University of Montana, Missoula, MT

September 23-25, 2009

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Benchmarking Development of the Rule of Law in Asia: 1999-2009

Taipei, Taiwan

September 9-13, 2009

North Korea: Challenges for the U.S., Japan and South Korea

Speakers: L. Gordon Flake, Executive Director, The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation; Robert Carlin, Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University; Evans J.R. Revere, President, The Korea Society

Moderator: Alicia Ogawa, Adjunct Associate Professor, Columbia University School of International Affairs; Senior Advisor, Center on Japanese Economy and Business, Columbia Business School

Japan Society, New York, NY

August 6, 2009

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The Promise and Peril of Northeast Asian Regional Integration

Speakers: L. Gordon Flake, Executive Director, The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation; Peter Drysdale, Emeritus Professor of Economics and Visiting Fellow in Policy and Governance, Crawford School of Economics and Government, Australia National University; Zhang Yunling, Director of the Institute of Asia Pacific Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; Funabashi Yoichi, Editor-in-Chief, Asahi Shimbun; Alan Romberg, Distinguished Fellow, Henry L. Stimson Center; Lee Chung-Min, Dean and Professor of International Relations, Graduate School of International Studies, Yonsei University

Moderator: Paul Evans, Professor, The University of British Columbia

Ishikawa, Japan

July 24, 2009

Toward an Ideal Security State for Northeast Asia 2025: Kanazawa Conference

Kanazawa, Japan

July 22-24, 2009

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