Enduring and New Frontiers in US-Japan Relations


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When: Mar 24 2021 - 7:00pm until Mar 24 2021 - 8:30pm
Where: Zoom Webinar

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The East-West Center in Washington, in partnership with Tokyo Review, invites you to the
Indo-Pacific Foreign Policy and Defense Series:

 Enduring and New Frontiers in US-Japan Relations


Mr. Sean Connell
 Senior Fellow,
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation

Mr. Hilary Dauer
Independent Consultant on leave from the State Department

Dr. Tom Le
Assistant Professor of Politics,
Pomona College

Mr. Paul Nadeau
PhD candidate, University of Tokyo &
Cofounder and Editor, Tokyo Review

Ms. Sarah Sieloff
2020 Council on Foreign Relations-Hitachi Fellow - Japan

Dr. Jackie F. Steele
Adjunct Professor, Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Sophia University & 
CEO, enjoi Diversity & Innovation

Ms. Kristin Wilson
Young Professional,
East-West Center in Washington

Mr. Kensuke Yanagida
Research Fellow,
Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA)

Dr.  Satu P. Limaye (Moderator)
Vice President, East-West Center &
Director, East-West Center in Washington

Within the past six months, the United States and Japan have both elected new leaders and now must address questions of where the alliance stands and where it is headed. The East-West Center in Washington, in partnership with Tokyo Review, held an in-depth discussion with authors from the latest Asia Pacific Bulletin series to explore the possibilities for continuing and creating new pathways of cooperation between the United States and Japan under the Biden and Suga administrations.


Sean Connell is a senior fellow at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation and a former visiting fellow at the East-West Center in Washington. Previously, he was director for Japan and Korea, and executive director of the US-Korea Business Council, at the United States Chamber of Commerce. He was a Council on Foreign Relations-Hitachi Fellow based at the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI), and has served in leadership roles in international trade and economic development in Washington State. His research focuses on economic and innovation policy in Japan and Korea, and US-Japan and US-Korea economic relations, including at the subnational level.

Hilary Dauer is currently on leave from the US foreign service. As a diplomat with the US State Department, Hilary served overseas in Chennai (formerly Madras), India; Damascus, Syria; and Jakarta, Indonesia as well as Tokyo and Yokohama. He also covered North Africa, including Libya, for the State Department’s Bureau of Counterterrorism in Washington from 2013-2015. In that role, Hilary interacted daily with the National Security Council. Before joining the State Department, Hilary worked in the international non-profit sector with a focus on promoting good governance abroad. He holds degrees from the University of California, San Diego and Yale University.

Tom Le is as an assistant professor of politics at Pomona College specializing in Japanese security policy, war memory and reconciliation, and militarism norms. Le is author of Japan’s Aging Peace: Pacifism and Militarism in the Twenty-First Century (Columbia University Press, May 2021). He is a research associate at the PRIME Institute at Meiji Gakuin University, a CSIS US-ROK NextGen Fellow, and an AFIHJ Next Generation Fellow. His work has been supported by the Fulbright Program, the Japan Foundation, The Korea Foundation, CION Trust, and JASSO. Le received a PhD in political science from the University of California Irvine and BAs in history and political science at the University of California Davis.

Paul Nadeau is a PhD candidate at the University of Tokyo and adjunct fellow with the Scholl Chair in International Business at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He was previously a private secretary with the Japanese Diet and a member of the foreign affairs and trade staff of Senator Olympia Snowe. He holds a BA from the George Washington University, a certificate in international studies from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, and an MA in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.

Sarah Sieloff is a 2020 Council on Foreign Relations-Hitachi Fellow based in Japan, where she is researching how Japanese municipalities are responding to depopulation. From 2015 to 2020, Sarah led the Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR), the United States' premier national non-profit dedicated to land reuse and redevelopment. In that capacity, she significantly expanded CCLR's programming and organized successful national advocacy campaigns for improved federal land reuse policy and funding. From 2013 to 2015, Sarah served as the Memphis team lead for the White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities, where she led an interagency federal team and worked closely with the Mayors' office across a broad portfolio. Sarah is a Truman Scholar and earned her master in public affairs from Princeton University and her BA from Eckerd College.

Jackie F. Steele is a trilingual political scientist, author, and international expert in diversity mainstreaming in democratic institutions, public policy, and corporate eco-systems. After many years at the University of Tokyo, Dr. Steele lectures at Sophia University and is CEO of enjoi Diversity & Innovation, a DEI consulting and edu-tech start-up. Dr. Steele leads the Global Diversity Management Committee as a governor of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan, is Vice President of FEW Japan supporting women's empowerment, and is an angel investor/activator with SheEO Canada.

Kristin Wilson is a research intern with the East-West Center in Washington and cofounder and director of operations & financial affairs for WomEnpowered International (WE Int.), a membership association of young, diverse women and women-identifying individuals committed to empowering women and promoting gender equality in Japan and beyond. She recently attained her Master’s degree from the Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Tokyo. Her research interests lie at the intersection of gender and diversity in politics, women, peace and security, and foreign policy.

Kensuke Yanagida is a research fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs. He was previously a research fellow at GRIPS Alliance, National Graduate Institute of Policy Studies in Tokyo, Japan; a visiting associate professor at the Faculty of Law, Kyushu University; and a research associate at the Asian Development Bank Institute. He has a master’s degree in public policy from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. His research interests include international trade issues in Asia. His publications include “The Effects of Mega-Regional Trade Agreements on Vietnam” with Tomo Kikuchi and Huong Vo in Journal of Asian Economics.

Dr. Satu P. Limaye is Vice President of the East-West Center and the Director of the East-West Center in Washington where he created and now directs the Asia Matters for America initiative and is the founding editor of the Asia Pacific Bulletin. He is also a Senior Advisor at CNA Corp (Center for Naval Analyses) and Senior Fellow on Asia History and Policy at the Foreign Policy Institute at Paul H. Nitze School of International Studies (SAIS). He is magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Georgetown University and received his doctorate from Oxford University (Magdalen College) where he was a George C. Marshall Scholar. Recent publications include: “America’s ‘Pacific Principle’ in an Indivisible Pacific Islands Region,” (Asia-Pacific Bulletin); “Despite Stumbles, America’s Engagement with Southeast Runs Deep,” (Global Asia); Raging Waters: China, India, Bangladesh, and Brahmaputra Water Politics (Marine Corps University Press); and Russia’s Peripheral Relevance to US-Indo Pacific Relations (Center for the National Interest).

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