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

From September 10-17, 2023, fourteen U.S.-based and Japanese Master’s and Ph.D. students gathered in Washington, D.C. for the in-person training component of the Mansfield Next Generation of U.S.-Japan Nuclear Policy Experts program.

The program 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.

Over the course of a week, participants met with various nuclear policy stakeholders including the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Energy, the Embassy of Japan, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Nuclear Threat Initiative, RAND Corporation, the Wilson Center, the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, the Congressional Research Service, Constitutional Democratic Party (CDP) Diet Members, the Library of Congress, and the United States Naval Academy.

The participants also gave a progress presentation of their policy pieces, which they had been working on for several months after splitting up into five binational teams. The final version of these pieces will be presented at a public event in Tokyo and Washington, D.C. in early 2024. These policy pieces will also be compiled by the Mansfield Foundation in an edited volume and distributed to audiences in the U.S. and Japan.

For more information about the program, click here.