Events

  • In this November 2005 file photo, a Russian border guards' tower is seen on Kunashir Island, one of the disputed Kuril Islands that are claimed by both Japan and Russia. The speaker of the Russian parliament’s upper chamber said on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, that Moscow isn’t going to give up any of the disputed islands to Japan.

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    Seminar - Open to the Public

    Uncertain Boundaries: Northeast Asia's Postwar Settlement and the Northern Territories

    Mon., May 6, 2024 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

    Weatherhead Center for International Affairs - Room K262

    Speaker: Sheila Smith, John E. Merow Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Studies, Council on Foreign Relations 

    Moderator: Christina L. Davis, Director, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations; Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics, Department of Government, Harvard University

    Dr. Sheila Smith will discuss her current project on the gradual unraveling of the post-World War II order based on the San Francisco Peace Treaty. She will introduce her latest research on the Northern Territories/Kuril Islands, which have been contested between Japan and Russia, and negotiation efforts since the Soviet-Japan Joint Declaration in 1956, which included multiple meetings between former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Dr. Smith will also discuss developments against the backdrop of Russia's invasion of Ukraine and rising tensions in East Asia, relating to China's military modernization and North Korea's missile and nuclear weapons development.

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    Co-sponsored by the International Security Program

  • Seminar - Open to the Public

    Japan, Germany, and Eurasia's Security Crises

    Mon., Dec. 5, 2022 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

    CGIS Knafel Building, Room K354

    Speakers: Masashi Murano, Japan Chair Fellow, Hudson Institute
    Thomas U. Berger, Professor of International Relations, Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University.

    Moderator: Christina L. Davis, Director, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations; Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics, Department of Government; and Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

    Eurasian security has been transformed due to the crises on its western and eastern perimeters.  In this panel, Masashi Murano will examine Japan's policy responses to Northeast Asia's security environment, while Thomas Berger will analyze German policy in the context of European security. 

    To join by Zoom, please register here: https://harvard.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAlde2orj0vGtWq-H-WR_ojldFOD8IRSTbC

    Co-sponsored by the International Security Program

  • Seminar - Open to the Public

    The Economic Weapon: The Rise of Sanctions as a Tool of Modern War

    Mon., Nov. 14, 2022 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    CGIS Knafel Building, Room K354

    Speaker: Nicholas Mulder, Assistant Professor of History and Milstein Faculty Fellow, Department of History, Cornell University

    Moderator: Christina L. Davis, Director, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations; Professor of Government; Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

    Nicholas Mulder will draw on his recently published book, The Economic Weapon, which traces the use of economic sanctions from the blockades of World War I to the policing of colonial empires and the interwar confrontation with fascism. He uses extensive archival research in a political, economic, legal, and military history that reveals how a coercive wartime tool was adopted as an instrument of peacekeeping by the League of Nations. 

    To join by Zoom, please register here:
    https://harvard.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYqdOGtqTkrGtFR4lKDaYimYdf1C5gkW7bS

    Co-sponsored by the International Security Program

  • U.S.-Japan puzzle pieces

    CNBC

    Seminar - Open to the Public

    *CANCELED* Tomomichi Amano (HBS) on "The Diffusion of Technological Change and Energy Efficiency: The Case of Televisions"

    Tue., Mar. 31, 2020 | 12:30pm - 2:00pm

    Center for Government and International Studies - Knafel Building, Bowie-Vernon, Room K262

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    Join the Harvard Program on U.S.-Japan Relations on Tuesday, March 31 from 12:30-2:00 to hear from Tomomichi Amano, Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Marketing Unit, Harvard Business School.

    Moderator: Christina L. Davis, Director, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations; Professor of Government; Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

    Co-sponsored by the Environment and Natural Resources Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School; and the Business & Environment Initiative, Harvard Business School.

  • Donald Trump and Shinzō Abe at a press conference in Akasaka Palace, 27 May 2019

    Wikimedia CC/首相官邸ホームページ

    Seminar - Open to the Public

    The Evolving Process of U.S.-Japan Security Arrangements

    Tue., Feb. 11, 2020 | 12:30pm - 2:00pm

    Center for Government and International Studies - South Building, Belfer Case Study Room S020

    Speaker: Shinsuke Sugiyama, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the United States of America

    Moderator: Christina L. Davis, Director, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations; Professor of Government; Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

    Drawing on his distinguished service as Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs (Japan's highest diplomatic position), Director-General of the Asian and Oceanic Affairs Bureau, and Director of the Treaties Division, Ambassador Sugiyama will discuss the U.S.-Japan security cooperation as the two countries mark the 60th anniversary of their security treaty in 2020. He will also explore possible future trajectories of the bilateral alliance in changing regional and global security environment.

    Co-sponsored by the International Security Program

  • Cover Image of Special Duty/Richard J. Samuels

    Image of Richard Samuels by Donna Coveney

    Seminar - Open to the Public

    Special Duty: A History of the Japanese Intelligence Community

    Tue., Dec. 3, 2019 | 12:30pm - 2:00pm

    Center for Government and International Studies - Knafel Building, Bowie-Vernon, Room K262

    Speaker: Richard J. Samuels, Ford International Professor, Department of Political Science; Director, Center for International Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    Moderator: Susan Pharr, Director, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations; Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics, Department of Government, Harvard University.

    Professor Samuels will discuss his recently published book, Special Duty, which analyzes the prewar and postwar development of the Japanese intelligence community. He will detail the impact of shifts in the strategic environment, technological change, and past failures, using examples of excessive hubris and debilitating bureaucratic competition before the Asia-Pacific War, the unavoidable dependence on U.S. assets and popular sensitivity to security issues after World War II, and the tardy adoption of image-processing and cyber technologies.

    Co-sponsored by the International Security Program

  • Japan and the southern Korean Peninsula

    NASA

    Seminar - Open to the Public

    Japan and the Future of the Korean Peninsula

    Tue., Sep. 24, 2019 | 12:30pm - 2:00pm

    Center for Government and International Studies - Knafel Building, Bowie-Vernon, Room K262

    Speaker: Narushige Michishita, Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Tokyo, Japan

    Moderator: Susan Pharr, Director, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations; Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics, Department of Government, Harvard University

    In this seminar, Professor Michishita will examine developments on the Korean Peninsula over the past few decades, and pose several different future scenarios. He will then explain how Japan would respond to each scenario, and how each scenario will also affect Japan's security and foreign policies in the long run.

    Co-sponsored by the Harvard Korea Institute's SBS Foundation Research Fund and the International Security Program

  • Seminar - Open to the Public

    Japan's Military Power and Diplomacy in the 21st Century

    Tue., Sep. 17, 2019 | 12:30pm - 2:00pm

    Center for Government and International Studies - Knafel Building, Bowie-Vernon, Room K262

    Speakers: Sheila A. Smith, Senior Fellow for Japan Studies, Asia Program, Council on Foreign Relations 

    Noriyuki Shikata, Associate, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University

    Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor, Emeritus, Harvard Kennedy School 

    Moderator: Susan Pharr, Director, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations; Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics, Department of Government, Harvard University

    This panel will examine contemporary developments in Japanese foreign and security policies. Sheila Smith will draw on her recent book, Japan Rearmed: The Politics of Military Power, and examine the shifting debate within Japan regarding the use of force. Noriyuki Shikata will discuss contemporary Japan-China diplomatic relations, drawing on his recent experience as Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Japan in Beijing. Joseph Nye will examine Japanese foreign and security policies in the context of U.S. grand strategy in Asia.

    Co-sponsored by the International Security Program

  • Panorama of Pyongyang, North Korea.

    Sven Unbehauen

    Seminar - Open to the Public

    The Changing Security Landscape on the Korean Peninsula: Implications for Tokyo, Beijing, and Washington

    Tue., Feb. 6, 2018 | 12:30pm - 2:00pm

    Center for Government and International Studies - Knafel Building, Bowie-Vernon, Room K262

    Speaker: John Park, Director of the Korea Working Group and Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

    Moderator: Susan Pharr, Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics and Director, WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University

    In this seminar, Dr. John Park will examine the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) missile and nuclear capabilities and strategic behavior; recent developments in the Republic of Korea's (ROK) policies toward DPRK; and the evolving policy debate in Japan, China, and the United States in response to the latest developments on the Korean Peninsula.

    Co-sponsored by the International Security Program

  • Seminar - Open to the Public

    Grand Strategy and American Power in the Asia Pacific Since 1783

    Tue., Feb. 7, 2017 | 12:30pm - 2:00pm

    Center for Government and International Studies - South Building, Belfer Case Study Room S020

    Speaker: Michael Green, Associate Professor of International Relations and Chair in Modern and Contemporary Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University; Senior Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

    Moderator: Susan Pharr, Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics and Director, WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University.

    In this seminar, Professor Michael Green will present materials from his forthcoming book, By More Than Providence: Grand Strategy and American Power in the Asia Pacific since 1783 (Columbia University Press, 2017). Soon after the American Revolution, the founders began to recognize the strategic significance of Asia and the Pacific and the vast material and cultural resources at stake there. Over the coming generations, the United States continued to ask how best to expand trade with the region and whether to partner with China, at the center of the continent, or Japan, looking toward the Pacific. Where should the United States draw its defensive line, and how should it export democratic principles?

    Co-Sponsored by the International Security Program and the Harvard University Asia Center.