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Political Scientist and Codirector of the Center for Gaming at Rand Corporation
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U.S. Foreign & Defense Policy, U.S. Military Presence Overseas, and Gaming.
What are you currently working on? I am currently working on a project helping the U.S. Air Force to plan for its future overseas presence and also leading a war-game that is exploring a hypothetical future conflict in East Asia.
How did you get involved with Sasakawa USA? I was introduced to Sasakawa USA through my participation in a few trips to Japan that were funded by SPF Tokyo. I participated in a Project 2049 delegation to Japan, the GMF Young Strategists Program and a CSBA-SPF workshop.
How has learning about Japan affected your work? As someone who is not a country or regional expert, traveling to Japan introduced me to Japanese culture, politics, and helped me to better understand the security challenges that it faces. These trips sparked an enduring interest in Japan as I continue to follow Japanese foreign and defense policy closely. Gaining insight into the Japanese perspective has been very valuable.
What is your favorite thing about Japan? I've met so many wonderful people on my trips, but I also love Japanese food from sushi to Okonomiyaki and everything in between. It is all delicious.