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Director, East and Southeast Asia
at the Center for American Progress
Connect with me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Southeast Asia, Japan, Security/Defense
What are you currently working on? One of my key objectives is to identify new and innovative ways that the U.S. can work together with Japan, particularly in Southeast Asia. One key area on which I'm currently working with CAP's climate and energy team is to identify ways the U.S. and Japan can help the Asia Pacific region adapt to the impacts of climate change.
How did you get involved with Sasakawa USA? One of my goals is to introduce non-Japan focused foreign policy experts to the U.S.-Japan relationship. This winter, I was thrilled to work with Sasakawa USA to organize a seminar and trip to Japan for such a group. Sasakawa USA was an ideal partner given its commitment to supporting such initiatives to build ties between U.S. and Japanese scholars.
How has learning about Japan affected your work? I've been involved with Japan for a long time, ever since high school when I became involved in a school program that allowed me to travel to Japan. Learning about this relationship has shaped my view of foreign policy in general. The U.S.-Japan relationship is, in a way, a model for a successful bilateral partnership. Our countries do tangible things together and our relationship has wide public support.
What is your favorite thing about Japan? What first drew me to study Japan in high school was its food, and to this day, that is still my favorite thing about it.