Post-Election Priorities for Japan and the United States

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On September 20, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to be re-elected as the president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, which will extend his term as prime minister until 2021. The United States is preparing for a mid-term election in November. What are the post-election foreign and national security policy priorities for the leaders of the two countries? The Stimson Center and the Canon Institute for Global Studies will host a panel discussion on these issues. Joining us for this timely conversation are Kuni Miyake, Research Director for Foreign and National Security Affairs at the Canon Institute for Global Studies, Daniel Twining, President of the International Republican Institute, and Yuki Tatsumi, Co-Director of Stimson’s East Asia Program.


WHAT: A discussion of the policy priorities after the fall elections in Japan and the United States. This event is on-the-record.

WHERE: The Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 8th Floor, Washington DC, 20036

WHEN: Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

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KUNI MIYAKE, Research Director for Foreign and National Security Affairs, Canon Institute for Global Studies

Kuni Miyake is the Research Director for Foreign and National Security Affairs at the Canon Institute for Global Studies. He is also a Visiting Professor at Ritsumeikan University. In 2006-2007, he was Executive Assistant to Akie Abe in the Office of the Prime Minister of Japan. Miyake joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Japan (MOFA) in 1978. Until he left MOFA in 2005, he served in a number of senior positions, including Deputy Director-General of the Middle East Bureau; Minister at the Embassy of Japan in Iraq and Japan’s Representative to the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA); Charge d’Affaires at the Embassy of Japan in Iraq, Minister for Public Affairs at the Embassy of Japan in China; and Directors of Japan-U.S. Security Treaty Division, First Middle East Division and Second Middle East Division in MOFA. He graduated from the Law Faculty of the University of Tokyo.


DANIEL TWINING, President, International Republican Institute

Daniel Twining is the president of the International Republican Institute, where he leads the Institute’s mission to advance democracy and freedom around the world. He leads IRI’s team of nearly 400 global experts to link people and governments, motivate people to engage in the political process, and guide politicians and government officials to be responsive to citizens. Previously, he served as counselor and director of the Asia Program at The German Marshall Fund of the United States. Prior to GMF, Twining served as a member of the U.S. Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff, as the foreign policy advisor to U.S. Senator John McCain, and as a staff member of the U.S. Trade Representative. He has taught at Georgetown University and served as a military instructor associated with the Naval Postgraduate School. He has been a columnist for Foreign Policy and Nikkei and served as an advisor to six presidential campaigns.


YUKI TATSUMI, Co-Director, East Asia Program, Stimson (moderator)

Yuki Tatsumi is the Co-Director of Stimson’s East Asia Program and Director of the Japan Program. Previously, Tatsumi worked as a Research Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and as the Special Assistant for Political Affairs at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. In September 2006, Tatsumi testified before the House Committee on International Relations. She is a recipient of the 2009 Yasuhiro Nakasone Incentive Award and in 2012 earned the Letter of Appreciation from the Ministry of National Policy of Japan for her contributions to advancing mutual understanding between the United States and Japan. A native of Tokyo, Tatsumi holds a B.A. in liberal arts from the International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan and an M.A. in international economics and Asian studies from Johns Hopkins University SAIS.

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