Network Commentary

2017

In analysis posted on the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog March 12, U.S.-Japan Network for the Future Cohort II scholar Celeste Arrington (George Washington University) provided context for South Korea’s political transition following the Constitutional Court’s recent decision to uphold President Park Geun-hye’s impeachment.

Cohort IV scholar Adam Liff (Indiana University) and Andrew Erickson (U.S. Naval War College), co-authored “From management crisis to crisis management? Japan’s post-2012 institutional reforms and Sino-Japanese crisis (In)stability,”  published online in the Journal of Strategic Studies March 10.

A prepublication version of Cohort IV scholar Adam Liff’s (Indiana University) article “China and the U.S. Alliance System,” was made available in March and will be published in a forthcoming issue of The China Quarterly.

Cohort II scholar Emma Chanlett-Avery and Cohort I scholar Mark Manyin, both with the Congressional Research Service (CRS) contributed to an updated CRS report on “Japan-U.S. Relations: Issues for Congress.” A pdf of the February 16, 2017 report is available here

Several U.S.-Japan Network for the Future scholars participated in a February 3 conference on “Japan’s Economic and Security Policy in the Trump Era” co-hosted by the University of Michigan’s Center for Japanese Studies and the International Policy Center at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. A report from the conference is available here.

The Mainichi Shimbun interviewed Cohort IV scholar Michael Orlando Sharpe (York College of The City University of New York) about President Trump’s executive order on immigration.  Please click here to read the February 8 interview in Japanese.

In analysis posted on Foreign Affairs’ Snapshot February 10 and available to subscribers here, Cohort III scholar Tobias Harris (Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA) characterized the Trump-Abe meeting as “perhaps the most important encounter between Japanese and U.S. leaders in more than two decades.”

In “Trump and Abe are Natural Allies,” published in The Diplomat February 9, Cohort I scholar Phillip Lipscy (Stanford University) wrote, “The Trump presidency offers Abe an unprecedented opportunity to realize his vision of a more powerful, internationally prominent Japan.”

Cohort III scholar Tobias Harris (Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA) wrote about “Japan’s Opportunity to Lead on Trade” in commentary published in the Wall Street Journal February 1 and available to subscribers here.

Mattis’ Mission in Japan, South Korea,” an op-ed by Cohort II scholar Jeffrey Hornung (Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA) was published on CNN January 31.

Cohort II scholar Jeffrey Hornung’s (Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA) article “Attention, Japan: Trump is Your Golden Opportunity” was published on The National Interest  February 1.

Cohort III scholar Hiroki Takeuchi (Southern Methodist University) wrote about “The Anger against ‘Anti-Internationalism’” in an essay published in the Mainichi Shimbun January 20.

Cohort III scholar Shihoko Goto (Woodrow Wilson Center) examined U.S. trading partners’ responses to President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership in “Asia on the Brink of (Trade) War?” posted on The Globalist January 25.

Cohort IV scholar Noriyuki Katagiri (Saint Louis University) explored the stability of Sino-American relations in “What Democratization, Trade Expectations, and Military Power All Mean for the Future of Sino-American Relations,” published in Asian Security January 17.

 

 

2016

U.S.-Japan Network for the Future scholars Jeffrey Hornung (Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA) and Tobias Harris (Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA) commented on Prime Minister Abe’s December 27 visit to Pearl Harbor. In a December Voice of America article Dr. Hornung noted the visit sent a symbolic message to President-elect Donald Trump and to the region “that the U.S.-Japan alliance is stronger than ever.” Mr. Harris provided the context for that message in a December 25 Bloomberg article.

In the analysis posted on the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA website December 16, Cohort III scholar Tobias Harris (Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA) examined how elements of the U.S.-Japan economic relationship might change under the Trump administration.

Cohort II scholar Jeffrey Hornung (Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA) shared his thoughts on possible changes to the U.S.-Japan alliance under the new administration in an NHK segment aired December 17.  Dr. Hornung also commented on the December 13 crash of an Osprey aircraft off Okinawa in a December 16Marine Corps Times article.

Cohort II scholar Celeste Arrington (George Washington University) examined the significance of the Korean National Assembly’s December 9 vote to impeach President Park Geun-hye in an article posted on the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog December 12.

Cohort I scholar Daniel Aldrich (Northeastern University) commented on the implications of problems at the Fukushima nuclear plant following last month’s earthquake in “Japan Probes Nuclear Cooling System Shutdown After Earthquake,” a Bloomberg article published November 21.

Cohort I scholar Mireya Solis (Brookings Center for East Asia Policy Studies) considered the future of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in “The TPP is dead, long live the TPP,” published in Nikkei Asian Review  November 11.

Cohort III scholar Tobias Harris (Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA) analyzed opinion polls conducted shortly after the U.S. presidential election and noted they suggest the Japanese public is uneasy about the election’s implications for U.S.-Japan relations. Please click here to read his analysis.

In “Japan’s Golden Opportunity,” Cohort II scholar Jeffrey Hornung (Sasakawa USA) examined Philippine President Duterte’s rhetoric against the U.S. and recent visits to China and Japan.  Dr. Hornung’s article appeared in The Interpreter, a publication of the Lowy Institute for International Policy think tank, on November 7.

Cohort IV scholar Adam Liff (Indiana University) examined “Balancing China:  Moving Beyond the Containment Fallacy,” in an article published in the online publication of the Asan Institute for Policy Studies on October 26.

Cohort III scholar Tobias Harris (Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA) commented on challenges for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s goals for nuclear power use in Japan in an October 18 Bloomberg article, “Abe’s Nuclear Japan Goals Face More Ballot-Box Battles in 2017.”

Cohort II scholar Jeffrey Hornung (Sasakawa USA) was quoted in an October 26 New York Times article on Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s October visit to Japan.

Cohort I scholar Mireya Solis (Brookings Center for East Asia Policy Studies) contributed a brief on “The case for the Trans-Pacific Partnership” to the Brookings Institution’s  Election 2016 and America’s Future policy brief series.

Cohort III scholar Tobias Harris (Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA) examined “Japan’s steel ceiling and the women cracking it” in commentary originally published in Foreign Affairs October 6.

Cohort III scholar Shihoko Goto (Woodrow Wilson Center) edited and contributed to “Committed: U.S. Foreign Policy in Asia and Completing the Rebalance,” a collection of essays by Wilson Center researchers published September 22.

Cohort I scholar Jennifer Lind (Dartmouth College) participated in a New York Times roundtable addressing the question of whether China’s aggressiveness is in its long-term interests. Please click here  to read Dr. Lind’s contribution to the August 23 debate, “South China Sea as a Chinese Lake.”

Cohort II scholar Jeffrey Hornung (Sasakawa USA) commented on the implications of China’s recent activity around the Scarborough Shoal in “Could a tiny islet in the South China Sea be key to maritime dominance by Beijing?” published in the Japan Times September 7.  Dr. Hornung also commented on the Abe government’s defense budget proposal in “Japanese Government Urges Another Increase in Military Spending” published in the New York Times August 30.

Cohort II scholar Kenji Kushida (Stanford University) asked “what does Japan’s startup ecosystem look like now, how did it develop, and where is it headed?” in a “Japan’s Startup Ecosystem: From Brave New World to Part of Syncretic ‘New Japan’,” published in Asian Research Policy.

Two U.S.-Japan Network for the Future scholars were among those to comment on the election of Yuriko Koike as Tokyo’s first female governor. Cohort III scholar Shihoko Goto (Woodrow Wilson Center) wrote about the challenges Ms. Koike will face in “Tokyo’s New Governor Renews Hope for Women” published on the Wilson Center website August 1.

Cohort III scholar Tobias Harris (Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA) commented on the implications of Ms. Koike’s election in a July 31 Bloomberg article and an August 4 USA Today article.

Cohort II scholar Jeffrey Hornung (Sasakawa USA) considered “Constitutional Revision in Japan: Why Change is Hard to Come By” in commentary published in Foreign Affairs July 26 and available to subscribers here.

Cohort IV scholar Nori Katagiri (Saint Louis University) examined the implications of Japan’s July 10 Upper House elections for the U.S.-Japan alliance in a blog post published on the web page of the United States Military Academy’s Modern War Institute July 19.

Cohort IV scholar Adam Liff (Indiana University) presented a “critique of traditional methodologies and metrics often employed in contemporary security studies and analysis of four regional states’ military responses to China’s rise” in an article published in the latest issue of Security Studies.

Cohort IV scholar Adam Liff (Indiana University) examined the prospects for constitutional revision following Japan’s July 10 Upper House election in “On the verge of history? Japan’s 2016 election and prospects for Article 9 revision,” published in the July 11 PacNet newsletter.

Cohort II scholar Weston Konishi (Johns Hopkins University) outlined why, despite the growing importance of Japan’s humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) operations in the Asia-Pacific, HADR “is unlikely to be a springboard for a more active Japanese security policy overall.”  Mr. Konishi’s article, “Is disaster relief revolutionising Japan’s security affairs?,” was published in the East Asia Forum July 6.

Cohort II scholar Jeffrey Hornung (Sasakawa USA) commented on reports that Chinese Navy warships have shadowed U.S. Navy ships in the Asia-Pacific in “China shadows U.S. warships amid rising tensions in Asia,” published in USA TODAY June 15.

Cohort II scholar Jeffrey Hornung (Sasakawa USA) analyzed Prime Minister Abe’s efforts to resolve territorial disputes with Russia in “Why Has Japan Been Cozying Up to Vladimir Putin?” published in Newsweek May 25.  Dr. Hornung also commented on China’s large Coast Guard vessels in “In the East China Sea, Beijing’s Big Ships Push the Envelope,” published on Foreignpolicy.com May 22.

Cohort II scholar Jeffrey Hornung (Sasakawa USA) and Mike Mochizuki (George Washington University) co-authored “Japan:  Still an Exceptional U.S. Ally,” published in The Washington Quarterly April 29.

Cohort II scholar Jeffrey Hornung (Sasakawa USA) authored an April 28 Wall Street Journal op-ed about Japan’s failed bid to sell submarines to Australia and an April 27 Sankei Shimbun article on President Obama’s possible visit to Hiroshima.  Please click here to read an English summary of the Sankei Shimbun article and here to read the full article in Japanese.

Cohort I Scholar Mirey Solis (Brookings Institution) examined “The High Stakes of TPP Ratification:  Implications for Asia-Pacific and Beyond,” in an article published in the March/April 2016 issue of Economy, Culture & History Japan SPOTLIGHT Bimonthly.

Cohort I scholar Jennifer Lind (Dartmouth College) wrote “The Presidential Path to Hiroshima:  An Obama Apology to Japan?,” posted on the Foreign Affairs website April 8.

Commentary from Cohort II scholar Jeffrey Hornung (Sasakawa Peace Foundation) was featured in a full-page piece in the Ronten section of Mainichi newspaper on April 12. Please click here to read the article in Japanese.

“Religious Responses to the 2011 Tsunami in Japan,” an article by Cohort III scholar Levi McLaughlin (North Carolina State University) was published by Oxford Handbooks Online and is available to subscribers here.

Cohort I Scholar Daniel Aldrich (Northeastern University) addressed “Anti-Nuclear Sentiment and Japan’s Energy Choices” on the Council on Foreign Relations Asia Unbound blog.

Cohort II scholar Jeffrey Hornung (Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA) was quoted in an April 3 Japan Times article on President Obama’s meeting with President Park Geun-hye and Prime Minister Abe on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit.

Cohort II scholar Jeffrey Hornung (Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA) and Sasakawa USA Chairman Dennis co-authored “China’s self-defeating provocations in the South China Sea,” published in the Washington Post March 2.

Cohort I scholar Jennifer Lind (Dartmouth College) wrote “Japan’s Security Evolution,” a paper for the Cato Institute.

Cohort I Scholar Jennifer Lind (Dartmouth College) contributed a chapter to “Sustainable Security:  Rethinking American National Security Strategy.”

Scholars Tobias Harris and Jeffrey Hornung (both with Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA) wrote “Trump Shouldn’t Bash Japan,” published in The National Interest February 25.

In “Where is Asia in the U.S. Presidential Debates?,”  Jeffrey Hornung (Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA) noted the lack of “any informed discussion of the most important region of the world – the Asia Pacific” among the current U.S. presidential candidates.  The article was published in The Diplomat February 17, 2016.

In “Comfort women agreement must engage civil society,” Cohort II scholar Mary McCarthy (Drake University) compared the “comfort women” agreement announced last December with the reconciliation efforts of the 1990s.

Cohort I scholar James Gannon (Japan Center for International Exchange) co-edited “Looking for Leadership:  The Dilemma of Political Leadership in Japan,” a publication from the Japan Center for International Exchange.

In “Testing the Japan-Korea Relationship,”  scholars Tobias Harris and Jeffrey Hornung, both with Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA, examined the prospects and importance of the agreement Japan and South Korea reached on the “comfort women” issue.  The article was published in the Wall Street Journal January 12.

In an article posted on the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog January 13, Cohort II scholar Celeste Arrington (George Washington University) wrote that excluding the victims and their supporters from negotiations that led to the comfort women agreement “will make it harder for the Korean government to implement the deal, because the movement rejects the agreement.”

Cohort I scholar Mark Manyin (Congressional Research Service) explored options for U.S. intervention in “Managing Japan-South Korea Tensions,” a Council on Foreign Relations Discussion Paper.

Cohort III scholar Tobias Harris (Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA) considerd Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s 2015 successes and setbacks in “Abe cements power as opposition nowhere to be seen,” published in the East Asia Forum December 22.

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