Experts from Japan, China and the U.S. Analyze Complex Relationship, Recommend How to Defuse Volatility

The US-Japan-China Triangle: Building a Path to Trilateral Cooperation

Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 6:30 pm, at Japan Society

「日米中トライアングル - 3カ国協調の模索」

New York, NY – Over the past several years, the balance of power in Asia has shifted as the relationships between Japan, China and the U.S. have grown increasingly important to the future stability of the region and the rest of the world. While trilateral relationships tend to be naturally unstable, a host of factors further complicate the dynamics between the U.S., Japan and China. Beyond historical enmities, differing philosophies of governance and increasing competition and interdependence, recent issues such as President Obama’s “Pivot to Asia,” Japan’s nationalization of the Senkaku Islands, and changes in leadership in both China and Japan have all contributed to an increasingly tense trilateral relationship.

In The US-Japan-China Triangle: Building a Path to Trilateral Cooperation, leading experts from Japan, China and the U.S. analyze this complex relationship and offer their recommendations for how to manage its volatile dynamics. The panel features Columbia University's Gerald Curtis, Peking University's Jia Qingguo, Henry L. Stimson Center's Alan Romberg, and Keio University's Yoshihide Soeya. Moderated by National Committee on American Foreign Policy's Donald Zagoria, the panel takes place Wednesday, January 22, at Japan Society.

Agenda: 6:00 pm, registration; 6:30, discussion and Q&A; 8:00-8:30, reception.

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Gerald Curtis (Ph.D., Columbia, 1968) is Burgess Professor of Political Science at Columbia University and concurrently Visiting Professor at Waseda University and Senior Research Fellow at the Tokyo Foundation. He served as Director of Columbia's Weatherhead East Asian Institute for a total of twelve years between 1974 and 1990. Professor Curtis is the author of Politics and Saury: 45 Years Living With Japan (in Japanese), The Logic of Japanese Politics, The Japanese Way of Politics, Election Campaigning Japanese Style, and numerous other books and articles written in both English and Japanese and translated into Chinese, Korean, Thai and other languages. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the US-Japan Foundation, member of the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations and has served as Special Advisor to Newsweek for its Japanese and Korean language editions, the International Advisory Board of the Asahi Shimbun, the Advisory Council for the Center for Global Partnership of the Japan Foundation, and as Director of the US-Japan Parliamentary Exchange Program. Professor Curtis is the recipient of numerous prizes and honors including the Chunichi Shimbun Special Achievement Award, the Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Prize, the Japan Foundation Award, the Marshall Green Award of the Japan Society of Washington, D.C., and the Eagle on the World award of the Japan Chamber of Commerce in New York. In 2004 Professor Curtis was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star by the Emperor of Japan, one of the highest honors bestowed by the Japanese government. Professor Curtis received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1969 and he has been on the Columbia University faculty since 1968.

Jia Qingguo is Professor and Associate Dean of the School of International Studies of Peking University. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1988. He has taught in University of Vermont, Cornell University, University of California at San Diego, University of Sydney in Australia as well as Peking University. He was a research fellow at the Brookings Institution between 1985 and 1986, a visiting professor at the University of Vienna in 1997 and a fellow at the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution in 2001 and 2002. He is Vice President of the Chinese American Studies Association. He is also a member of Standing Committee and the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and a member of the Standing Committee of the Central Committee of the China Democratic League. He is serving on the editorial board of several international academic journals. He has published extensively on U.S.-China relations, relations between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan, Chinese foreign policy and Chinese politics.

Alan Romberg is distinguished fellow and the director of the East Asia program at the Henry L. Stimson Center. Before joining Stimson in September 2000, he enjoyed a distinguished career working on Asian issues, both in and out of government, including 27 years in the State Department, with over 20 years as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer. Romberg was the principal deputy director of the State Department's Policy Planning staff, principal deputy assistant secretary of state for public affairs and deputy spokesman of the department. He served in various capacities dealing with East Asia, including director of the Office of Japanese Affairs, member of the Policy Planning staff for East Asia, and staff member at the National Security Council for China. He served overseas in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Additionally, Romberg spent almost 10 years as the CV Starr Senior Fellow for Asian Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, and was special assistant to the secretary of the navy. Romberg holds an M.A. from Harvard University, and a B.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

Yoshihide Soeya is Professor of political science and international relations at the Faculty of Law of Keio University. He served as the Director of the Institute of East Asian Studies of the same university for six years until September 2013, and currently is the Director of its Center for Contemporary Korean Studies. From September 2013 to January 2014, Dr. Soeya resides in Washington D.C. as a Japan Scholar of the Woodrow Wilson Center, and will be at the ASAN Institute in Seoul in March-May 2014. His areas of interest are politics and security in East Asia, and Japanese diplomacy and its external relations in the region and the world. His most recent publication in English includes “A ‘Normal’ Middle Power: Interpreting Changes in Japanese Security Policy in the 1990s and After,” in Yoshihide Soeya, Masayuki Tadokoro and David A. Welch, eds., Japan as a ‘Normal Country’ ?: A Country in Search of its Place in the World (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011). He received Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1987, majoring in world politics.

Donald Zagoria (Moderator) is Senior Vice President and Project Director at the Forum on Asia-Pacific Security at the National Committee on American Foreign Policy (NCAFP). Prior to joining the NCAFP, Professor Zagoria was a consultant during the Carter Administration to both the National Security Council and the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs of the State Department. He has also worked for the RAND Corporation and taught courses on United States foreign policy and the international relations of East Asia at Hunter College for many years. Professor Zagoria is the author of four books and over 300 articles on Asian security issues. His book on the Sino-Soviet Conflict, published in 1962, is generally recognized as the seminal work on one of the key turning points in the Cold War–the split between Moscow and Beijing. Professor Zagoria earned his B.A. at Rutgers University and his M.A. and Ph.D. at Columbia University.

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Co-organized by the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, this event takes place with support from Citi, Deloitte, United Airlines, Mizuho Financial Group, Toyota Motor North America, and WL Ross & Co. LLC. This program is assisted by a generous grant from The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership – along with the National Association of Japan-America Societies, Inc.

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