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

This panel discussion with four leading experts on U.S.-Japan relations shared views from the United States on the current state of relations between the two allies, including cooperation on preserving a rules-based international order, how Tokyo and Washington can collaborate on reducing tensions on the Korean Peninsula, the defense alliance, and trade.

The speakers represented diverse views from American government, business, and policy research sectors and are all members of the U.S.-Japan Network for the Future, an ongoing program developed by the Mansfield Foundation and funded by the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.

Date:                                  Friday, October 26, 2018     2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location:                           The International House of Japan, Kabayama Room (5-11-16 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo)

Opening Remarks and Moderator:

Benjamin Self, Vice President, The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation


Nicholas Szechenyi, Cohort I, Deputy Director of the Japan Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Emma Chanlett-Avery, Cohort II, Specialist in Asian Affairs, Congressional Research Service

Benjamin Goldberg, Cohort III, Japan Analyst, U.S. Department of State

Joshua Walker, Cohort IV, Global Head of Strategic Initiatives and Japan, Office of the President, Eurasia Group

Closing Remarks:

Frank Jannuzi, President and CEO, The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation

The U.S.-Japan Network for the Future is a two-year program designed to build and enhance a network of specialists on U.S.-Japan relations. Each two-year cohort brings experts together to share diverse expertise and perspectives with the goal of strengthening the bilateral policymaking process in the mid- and long-term.

The Center for Global Partnership (CGP) was established within the Japan Foundation in April 1991 with offices in both Tokyo and New York. CGP is dedicated to strengthening the global US-Japan partnership and cultivating the next generation of public intellectuals necessary to sustain this partnership.