The Evolving Japan - U.S. Alliance

February 7

12:00pm - 1:30pm

Sie Complex, Room 5025, Maglione Hall

The Evolving Japan - U.s. Alliance

The U.S.-Japan alliance has provided the foundation of security and freedom in Asia since WWII. In a changing environment, including North Korean missiles flying over Japan, a rising China seeking leadership in the region, potential conflicts in the South China Seas, as well as the re-positioning of US policy in multilateral free trade agreements, this critical partnership finds itself under stress. As uncertainty in the region abounds, the U.S. must
define its involvement and Japan must chart its course as a leader, a counterweight and an ally. Two respected foreign policy specialists discuss what is in store for us in 2019. Join us!

Japan Point of View

Mr. Kunihiko Miyake
Canon Institute for Global Studies

Mr. Miyake serves as President of the Foreign Policy Institute, a private think-tank in Tokyo, Research Director for Foreign and National Security Affairs at Canon Institute for Global Studies and a Visiting Professor at Ritsumeikan University. Professor Miyake joined the Government of Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in 1978. From 1978-2005, he served in many capacities at MOFA. Most recently, his positions have included: Deputy Director-General of the Middle East Bureau, MOFA; Minister & Charge d’Affairs at the Embassy of Japan in Iraq; Minister at the Embassy of Japan in China; and Directors of Japan-US. Security Treaty Division.

U.S. Point of View

David Shear
Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian & Pacific
Security Affairs

David Shear previously served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs from 2014 to 2016, when he performed the duties of Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. Prior to 2014, Ambassador Shear served for 32 years in the US Foreign Service, most recently as the US Ambassador to Vietnam. He has also served in Sapporo, Beijing, Tokyo, and Kuala Lumpur. In Washington, Ambassador Shear has served in the Offices of Japanese, Chinese, and Korean Affairs.He was Director of the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs in 2008-2009 and served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs in 2009-2011. Ambassador Shear speaks Japanese and Chinese.