Connecting People & Ideas to Advance Mutual Interests in U.S.-Asia Relations

The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of the first cohort of the Mansfield Next Generation of U.S.-Japan Nuclear Policy Experts program. This international cooperation opportunity aims to nurture a new generation of nuclear experts who will contribute to the strengthening of U.S.-Japan security relations and grow into leaders and policymakers with a comprehensive understanding of regional nuclear security dynamics.

The Mansfield Next Generation of U.S.-Japan Nuclear Policy Experts program will include 14 participants enrolled in MA and PhD programs across the United States or Japan. Funding for the program is generously provided by the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo.

The Mansfield Next Generation of U.S.-Japan Nuclear Policy Experts are:

  • Alice Dell’Era, Florida International University
  • Samanvya Hooda, Georgetown University
  • Alden “Eli” Horton, Middlebury Institute of International Studies
  • Miho Kawamoto, Hitotsubashi University
  • Ryo Kiridori, University of Toronto
  • Hiroko Kurosaki, Nagasaki University
  • Nahoko Miki, Tokyo University
  • Takanobu Sato, Waseda University
  • Sayaka Shingu, Hitotsubashi University
  • Jordan Smith, American University
  • Jayden Thomas, George Washington University
  • Hiroki Watanabe, Tokyo Institute of Technology
  • Lily Wojtowicz, American University
  • Koichi Yoneda, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies

“We are excited to launch this initiative to raise young nuclear policy experts in the U.S. and in Japan,” said Mansfield Foundation Associate Director of Programs Dr. Sayuri Romei. “Through our program, we look forward to nurturing this impressive cohort of brilliant and passionate students, and create a strong network of future leaders, scholars, and policy makers.”

During the program, participants will participate in a series of interactive webinars, attend an immersive 7-day training session in Washington, D.C., and will have the opportunity to publish a short policy-relevant article in collaboration with fellow participants.