The OSIPP-IAFOR Research Centre (IRC) at OSIPP, Osaka University, Japan, welcomed six young academics visiting OSIPP as the Year 1 Cohort (January-March 2019) of the U.S. – Japan – Southeast Asia Partnership in a Dynamic Asia Fellowship which is run with the East-West Center, in Washington DC and supported by The Japan Foundation, and the U.S. Embassy Tokyo.
The event was marked by the OSIPP-IRC 2019 Special Talk and Roundtable – the first for 2019 – with a special lecture by Dr Satu Limaye, Director, East-West Center in Washington, DC. The lecture was titled New Avenues for Cooperation and Collaboration in the Indo-Pacific.
Dr Satu Limaye posed the question whether the United States has a free and open Indo-Pacific Strategy or is it a case new wine or a new bottle? He went on to offer an erudite discussion of the evolution of the concept “Pacific” from the perspective of the United States. According to Dr Limaye, while shared interests and values with Asian allies continue to influence American foreign policy posture towards the region, both the increasing concern about China and the U.S.-Japan alliance’s shift from rule-based order to a bilateral one highlight the changes to the current “America’s Pacific Century”.
Those fellows selected for Year 1 of the fellowship (January 2019-March 2019) will be addressing proposals along the following theme: How should the U.S., Japan, and Southeast Asia cooperate on trade, investment, and economic integration in Southeast Asia? This year, the fellows will travel to Osaka, Hiroshima, and Tokyo, Japan (January 2019), followed by two months (February - March 2019) in Washington, DC to partake in programs with government experts, researchers, and workers in the private sector.
Mr Darren Mangado, Teaching Associate, De La Salle University. Research topic: Economic Volatility and the Trilateral Relations of the U.S., Japan, and Southeast Asia.
Ms Elyse Mark, Researcher, East-West Center in Washington. Research topic: Better Health Through Trilateral Cooperation: Levering the United States-Japan Partnership.
Ms Kei Namba, PhD Candidate, Free University of Berlin. Research topic: U.S.-Japan-Southeast Asian Cities Cluster for Water and Environmental Development Partnerships.
Mr Quang Huy Pham, Visiting Lecturer, Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam. Research topic: Implications of the U.S.-Japan Alliance Upon the Performance of ADMM-Plus: A Vietnamese Perspective.
Ms Kyoko Suzuki, Special Assistant for Trade Negotiations, Economic Partnership Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Research Topic: Reducing Non-Tariff Barriers through Economic Partnership Agreements: Possible Approaches for U.S.-Japan-ASEAN Cooperation.
Ms Courtney Weatherby, Research Analyst, The Stimson Center. Research topic: The Indo-Pacific Economic Vision: Emerging Opportunities for U.S.-Japan Collaboration on Infrastructure Needs in Southeast Asia.
Osaka University and the East West Center in Washington DC wish the Year 1 Cohort well in their studies!
For additional questions, please email: Mrs Sarah Wang, Programs Coordinator, East-West Center in Washington, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The IAFOR Research Centre (IRC) at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), with the East-West Center in Washington, D.C., is pleased to announce the “US-Southeast Asia-Japan Partnership in a Dynamic Asia”. It will begin in January 2019 in Osaka, and will continue in Washington, D.C. through February and March.
This program is a very much welcome development for the IRC. It is the first residency fellowship the research center will be running at OSIPP, and the first partnership with the East-West Center in Washington, D.C. It also breaks a new ground for IAFOR in being part of an activity receiving support from the Japan Foundation.
The trilateral program aims to nurture a fresh pool of experts on policy issues concerning U.S.-Japan relations and Southeast Asia. For this first year, six fellows have been selected – two from Japan, two from the United States, and one each from Malaysia and the Philippines. These young scholars and policy practitioners will form a core group focused on a common theme: How should the U.S., Japan, and Southeast Asia cooperate on trade, investment, and economic integration in Southeast Asia?
In residency, the fellows are expected to conduct their own research while taking part in activities aimed at fostering dynamic interaction among young professionals and graduate students from the United States, Japan and Southeast Asian countries, as well as engage professionally with the foreign policy communities of the United States and Japan. The fellows will have the opportunity to participate in policy briefings, visit relevant institutions and sites, and disseminate their research in seminars, conferences and publications.
During the residency at Osaka, fellows will be affiliated with OSIPP, Osaka University, as visiting fellows. Workshops will be held in Hiroshima, at the Hiroshima Peace Institute, and in Tokyo, at the Center for Rule-making Strategies at Tama University, Waseda University, The Japan Institute for International Affairs (JIIA), and The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
The fellowship is supported by the Japan Foundation and the U.S. Embassy in Japan.