Sasakawa USA Newsletter l November 1, 2019
In this Sasakawa USA Newsletter, w e announce that our next Sasakawa USA Emerging Experts Delegation (SEED) trip will focus on democracy support. Find links to videos from our recent discussion with China-Japan expert Dr. Ezra Vogel and from several of our The Alliance Working in Minnesota events . We also share who our next In-Depth Alumni Research Trip participants will be and provide an update on our partnership with USJETAA.
News: Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA announces SEED trip for experts on democracy support
For its seventh Sasakawa USA Emerging Experts Delegation (SEED) , Sasakawa USA has selected a group of eight D.C.-based experts from U.S. non-profit organizations dedicated to strengthening democratic institutions and norms around the world. Participants hail from Freedom House, International Republican Institute (IRI), the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), and National Democratic Institute (NDI), and represent a wide array of regional and functional expertise.

The delegation will participate in a week-long study trip from December 1-7, 2019, to explore how Japan’s foreign policy and overseas development assistance relate to democratization and democratic governance in Asia and beyond. This year’s program theme was chosen in the context of growing expectations for Japan to play a global leadership role to sustain a rules-based international order based on democratic values, and for the U.S.-Japan alliance to work towards the promotion of a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific.”

Read more and view a list of the participants on the Sasakawa USA website.
View video: Dr. Ezra Vogel discussion on "Understanding China-Japan Relations 1945-2019"
Professor Ezra F. Vogel, Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus, Harvard University, spoke to a packed room for his October 10, 2019 talk on Sino-Japanese relations from World War II to the present. Dr. Vogel is the author of  China and Japan: Facing History  (Harvard University Press, 2019). Dr. Vogel examined the sources of current strains in the relationship, and offered his recommendations on how the two countries can overcome the past to improve their relationship and work together towards common interests. Sasakawa USA co-sponsored the event with Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

The event was recorded. View video from " Understanding China-Japan Relations 1945-2019."
News: Sasakawa USA 2019-2010 In-Depth Alumni Research/Reporting Trip participants announced
T he Sasakawa USA In-Depth Alumni Research/Reporting Trip provides selected alumni with an opportunity to return to Japan for a deeper understanding of common challenges in the U.S.-Japan relationship. Dr. Chris Bassler and Ankit Panda have been selected to participate in the 2019-2020 trip. Bassler travelled in October and Panda will take his trip in November 2019. Both are alumni of the German Marshall Fund’s Young Strategist’s Forum’s 2018 delegation to Japan, a program held in partnership with the Sasakawa Peace Foundation.
Dr. Chris Bassler serves as the Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office (JPO), responsible for developing and acquiring the most advanced next-generation strike aircraft weapon system for the U.S. Air Force, Marines, Navy, and many allied nations. He previously served in various assignments in the U.S. Department of Defense as an engineer, scientist, designer, and strategist.
Ankit Panda is an Adjunct Senior Fellow in the Defense Posture Project at the Federation of American Scientists, where his work covers nuclear and conventional force developments in Asia, missile defense, and nuclear strategy. He is also a Senior Editor at The Diplomat , an online magazine on Asia-Pacific affairs, and a columnist for the South China Morning Post . Panda is an award-winning writer.
News: Sasakawa USA partners with USJETAA for events in Alabama and in Washington, D.C.
Sasakawa USA partners with the U.S. Japan Exchange & Teaching Programme Alumni Association (USJETAA) to offer a competitive mini-grant program for JET Alumni Associations in the United States . The first application round for 2019-2020 has been completed. The JET Alumni Association of Southeast (JETAASE) - Alabama Sub-Chapter held its event, "Opportunities to Strengthen Japan-Alabama Ties: Careers at Japanese Companies and How to Get There " on September 15, 2019. Read a recap here . A second grant was given to the JET Alumni Association of Washington, D.C. (JETAADC) to support its upcoming event, "Maintaining the JET Momentum: The Post-Exchange Pipeline to Successful U.S.-Japan Leadership," on November 7, 2019.
View videos from The Alliance Working in Minnesota events
On September 17-18, 2019, Sasakawa USA took a group of D.C.-based policy experts to Minnesota for its fifth installment of The Alliance Working in America (TAWA)  program. The Alliance Working in Minnesota 's speakers engaged the local community on U.S.-Japan issues through a series of public and private programs, co-sponsored by Global Minnesota and the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA), and in partnership with other local institutions. Click on the links below to view videos from three of the events.
Upcoming Events 
Join Sasakawa USA for upcoming events in Washington, D.C., Tokyo, and throughout the United States, focused on U.S.-Asia relations. Please check our events page for event details and new listings as we post them.
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