Profiles 1996-1998

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Martin Dieu | Scott Feeney | Karen Halliburton | JoAnne Livingston
| Alfred Nakatsuma | Sheldon L. Snook | Larry H. Swink

Martin Dieu

Current Title
Deputy Director, Global Affairs and Policy
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Agency During Fellowship
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of International Activities, Office of Technology Cooperation and Assistance.

Home State: California

Professional Specialty
International Activities Specialist

Host Agency in Japan
Environment Agency (EA), Planning and Cooperation Bureau, Control and Cooperation Division and Environmental Impact Assessment Division

Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) Environmental Policy Division

Diet Member (Mr. Tsuneo Suzuki)

Placement Description
September 1997 – September 1998

Gained an in-depth understanding of Japanese environmental policies with special emphasis on the use of market incentives.

Representative Activities:

  • Prepared for the December 1997 COP3 meeting on global warming in Kyoto.

  • Developed speeches and articles; managed the foreign press; and edited an EA newsletter.

  • Participated in MITI’s follow-up to COP3.

  • Assisted MITI on ISO 14001 and MITI’s ODA (Official Development Assistance).

  • Served as an intern in the office of Diet member Tsuneo Suzuki.

Post-Fellowship
Current U.S. Government Assignments and Activities

Manages EPA’s international toxics, water, and air quality capacity
building programs. Oversees EPA’s relationship with the Japanese
Government. Previous assignments include sustainable development team
leader, and climate change team leader.

Scott Feeney
Retired from Federal Service

Current Title
Director

International Government Relations
Rockwell Collins

Agency During Fellowship
U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on International Relations, Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere.

Home State: Illinois

Professional Specialty:
Professional Staff Member

Host Agency in Japan
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Asian Affairs Bureau, Second Southeast Asia Division.

Placement Description
September 1997 – September 1998
Gained an understanding of Japan’s foreign policy process and how Japan is responding to the region’s economic and financial crisis.

Representative Activities:

  • Prepared documents and reports on U.S. policy in Southeast Asia.
  • Monitored press reports about events in Southeast Asia and the region’s financial crisis.
  • Conducted briefings for division officials and revised and edited speeches.
  • Participated in preparations for the visit of Prime Minister Hashimoto to an ASEAN meeting in Kuala Lumpur.

Post-Fellowship
Current U.S. Government Assignments and Activities

Since March 2006, Scott Feeney has served as the Taiwan country director in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). As a White House presidential appointee, Scott serves as a principal advisor to the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Asia and Pacific Affairs on all Taiwan policy issues. He is also responsible for providing Taiwan policy analysis and recommendations to both the Secretary of Defense and the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. Scott represents OSD at U.S. interagency meetings on Taiwan, as well as the Monterey Talks, General Officer Steering Group (GOSG), Defense Review Talks (DRT), Taiwan’s Han Kuang exercise, and the U.S.-Taiwan Missile Defense Dialogue. He works jointly with the National Security Council (NSC), Department of State, and the American Institute in Taiwan to develop U.S.-Taiwan policy.

From June `03 to Feb. `06, Scott served as the Secretary of Defense’s North Korea country director. When he departed, Scott was the longest serving member of the U.S. Six-Party Talks negotiating team which negotiated on North Korea’s nuclear program with North Korea, China, Japan, South Korea, and Russia in Beijing, China. In this capacity, he worked closely with the NSC and State Department to develop U.S. policy and negotiating strategy on North Korea. Scott represented OSD at the Trilateral Coordination and Oversight Group where he worked to coordinate North Korea policy with Japan and South Korea. Scott was the principal advisor to the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Asia and Pacific Affairs on North Korea policy issues.

In the U.S. Congress, Scott twice served as the principal foreign policy advisor to the House Committee on Government Reform. During his two tenures, Scott investigated Chinese espionage at U.S. nuclear laboratories and reviewed U.S. high-technology sales to China. He was also responsible for the Chairman’s work on the Committee on International Relations and its Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.

In 2000, after the collapse of the Suharto dictatorship and the election of Abdurrahman Wahid, Scott accepted a one-year contract with the International Republican Institute in Jakarta, Indonesia. With the support of the U.S. Agency for International Development, he advised the Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR) how to develop an effective legal drafting division and improve DPR members’ legal drafting skills. He also counseled provincial and regency-level parliaments on legislative oversight, parliamentary procedure, transparency, and ethics issues.

From 1997 to 1998, Scott worked for one year as a Mike Mansfield Fellow in the Asia Bureau of Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in Tokyo after completing one year of political and economic training at the State Department’s George Shultz National Foreign Affairs Training Center. At MOFA, he researched Japan’s foreign policy making process and studied its bilateral relationships with Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines.

From 1994 to 1996, Scott served as professional staff to the House Committee on International Relations Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere in the U.S. Congress. His regional focus was both U.S. policy toward Latin America and Asia.

Karen Halliburton
Retired from Federal Service

Current Title
Principal
Rabobank

Agency During Fellowship
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service.

Home State: Oklahoma

Professional Specialty
Agricultural Economist

Host Agency in Japan
Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)

Seiyu, Inc.

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Placement Description
September 1997 – September 1998
Gained an intensive, hands-on exposure to Japan’s import promotion policies and programs and to retailer operations in the large-scale store and foodservice sectors.

Representative Activities:

  • Assisted in the development and management of import promotion trade fairs.
  • Created and delivered presentations to corporate and academic clients concerning the current environment for import market development, direct investment and merger/acquisitions activities in Japan.
  • Evaluated Seiyu’s diverse food business operations and advised senior management regarding quality systems management approaches.

Post-Fellowship
Current U.S. Government Assignments and Activities

In August 1999, Director of the U.S. Agricultural Trade Office (ATO) in Tokyo, attached to the U.S. Embassy. Immediately following the Fellowship Program, returned to Washington to serve the Country Market Systems Staff of the U.S. Department of Agriculture/Foreign Agricultural Service, where she analyzed distribution channels for the U.S. consumer exports in North Asia, including Japan.

JoAnne Livingston

Current Title
International Education Policy Specialist
International Affairs Division
U.S. Department of Education

Agency During Fellowship
U.S. Department of Education, Office of Intergovernmental and Interagency Affairs.

Home State: Virginia

Professional Specialty
Education Program Specialist

Host Agency in Japan
Ministry of Education, Science and International Affairs Bureau, International Affairs Division.

Ministry of Education, Elementary and Secondary Education Bureau, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Arts and Culture Division, Japanese Language Division.

Diet Member (Mr. Takashi Kosugi)

Placement Description
September 1997 – September 1998

Acquired a broad view of Japanese education policy.

Representative activities:

  • Studied how the time allocated for study contributes to student success.
  • Investigated time management, professional development, and how national curricula are developed.
  • Served as a team leader for the March 1998 UNESCO Conference on environmental education.
  • Briefed the Japanese Education Minister Akamatsu before her trip to the United States.
  • Testified in Japanese before a subcommittee of the House of Councillors on U.S. government ethics regulations.
  • Served as an intern in the office of Diet member Takashi Kosugi.

Post-Fellowship
Current U.S. Government Assignments and Activities
Recently returned to Washington, D.C. where she heads up all Department of Education Asia-Pacific related projects. For two years post-Fellowship assigned as Director of the Nagoya American Center, Nagoya, Japan, and Public Affairs Officer (PAO) for the U.S. Consulate General in Nagoya. Also served as a detailee to the Office of the Under Secretary in the Planning and Evaluation Office, Office of International Affairs, U.S. Department of Education, where she worked on joint research projects with Japan’s Ministry of Educaiton on education reform.

Alfred Nakatsuma

Current Title
Director
Office of the Environment
U.S. Agency for International Development

Agency During Fellowship
U.S. Agency for International Development, Office of Transition Initiatives

Home State: California

Professional Specialty
Projects Officer
Team Leader

Host Agency in Japan
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), Economic Cooperation Bureau

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Social Development Cooperation, Planning Bureau.

Diet Member (Mr. Koji Kakizawa)

Placement Description
September 1997 – September 1998

Gained an in-depth understanding of ODA reform and how Japan manages development assistance.

Representative activities:

  • Participated in designs for alternative foreign assistance delivery.
  • Assisted the loan assistance program for ASEAN countries and served as a member of an NGO and ODA evaluation team for Bangladesh.
  • Participated in various design and collaborative efforts between JICA and USAID.
  • Conducted seminars and discussions on comparative foreign assistance policies, strategies and operations.
  • Served as an intern in the office of Diet member Koji Kakizawa.

Post-Fellowship
Current U.S. Government Assignments and Activities

Currently, Division Chief, Office of Transition Initiatives. Developed U.S. foreign assistance strategies to address rapid urbanization in Asia. Previously, was Supervisory Natural Resource Officer and U.S.-Japan Collaboration Coordinator of U.S. AID/Philippines.

Sheldon L. Snook

Current Title
Administrative Assistant to the Chief Judge
U.S. Courthouse – U.S. District Courts

Agency During Fellowship
U.S. Small Business Administration Congressional and Legislative Affairs (CLA).

Home State: Missouri

Professional Specialty
Legislative Affairs Specialist

Host Agency in Japan
Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) Small and Medium Enterprise Agency, Research Division.

MITI International Trade Administration Bureau, Import Division.

Diet Member (Mr. Yoshimasa Hayashi)

Placement Description
September 1997 – September 1998
Gained a detailed understanding about how trade policy is developed and implemented in Japan.

Representative activities:

  • Participated in revising the U.S.-Japan Trade Promotion Coordination Program.
  • Conducted oversight of Japan’s 22 Foreign Access Zones and assisted colleagues in increasing FAZ effectiveness.
  • Prepared a comparative report on small business policies.
  • Served as an intern in the office of Diet member Yoshimasa Hayashi.

Post-Fellowship
Current U.S. Government Assignments and Activities
In 2001, accepted a position at Benefit Design Associates. Previously served as Legislative Affairs Specialist, Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs, U.S. Small Business Administration. Functioned as a liaison between SBA and the U.S. Congress. Monitored legislation, coordinated appearances of SBA witnesses at Congressional hearings, and prepared SBA positions on interagency regulatory matters. Met with Japanese government officials, academics and business executives.

Larry H. Swink
Retired from Federal Service

Current Title
Retired

Formerly Special Agent, National Criminal Investigative Service, Far East Office, Yokosuka, Japan

Agency During Fellowship
U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service, San Francisco Field Office

Home State: Pennsylvania

Professional Specialty
Assistant Special Agent in Charge (Fraud)

Host Agency in Japan
National Police Agency, International Department, International Research and Training Institute for Criminal Investigation

Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department

Chiba Prefectural Police Department

Kanagawa Prefectural Police Headquarters

Placement Description
September 1997 – September 1998
Experienced firsthand how Japanese police deter and combat crime.

Representative activities:

  • Participated in investigations of violent and organized crimes.
  • Developed public relations materials on police in Japan.
  • Attended an international law enforcement cooperation seminar.

Post-Fellowship
Current U.S. Government Assignments and Activities
Serves as special agent assigned to the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Services’s Far East Field Office (Yokosuka, Japan). Provides counterintelligence support to U.S. Naval forces under the command of the Commander, Seventh Fleet.

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