Charles Edel is the inaugural Australia Chair and a senior advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Prior to CSIS, Dr. Edel taught at the University of Sydney as a senior fellow at the United States Studies Centre. He also taught at the U.S. Naval War College, served as a global fellow at the Wilson Center and a Henry Luce scholar at Peking University’s Center for International and Strategic Studies. From 2015 to 2017, he served on the Policy Planning Staff at the U.S. Department of State. The Council on Foreign Relations also awarded Dr. Edel their International Affairs Fellowship. Most recently, he co-published “The Lessons of Tragedy: Statecraft and World Order” (Yale University Press, 2019). Dr. Edel holds a PhD in history from Yale University and received a BA in classics from Yale College.
Shihoko Goto is the Deputy Director for Geoeconomics and Senior Northeast Asia Associate at the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Asia Program. Ms. Goto is an expert in Asian economic issues and trade relations, with a particular focus on developments in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. From 2014 to 2016, she was a fellow of the Mansfield Foundation-Japan Foundation U.S.-Japan Network for the Future. Prior to the Wilson Center, Ms. Goto wrote for over a decade about international political economy as a journalist for the Dow Jones News Service and United Press International. She received the Freeman Foundation’s Jefferson journalism fellowship at the East-West Center as well as the James L. Knight Foundation’s journalism fellowship for the Salzburg Global Seminar. Ms. Goto received her M.A. in international political theory from Waseda University and B.A. in Modern History from the University of Oxford.
Hilary J. Holbrow is Assistant Professor of Japanese Politics and Society. A sociologist by training, her scholarship examines social and economic inequality, work and organizations, immigration, and the intersections of gender, race, and ethnicity. She is an International Research Fellow at the Canon Institute for Global Studies in Tokyo, an Associate in Research at Harvard’s Reischauer Institute, and a member of the US-Japan Network for the Future. Professor Holbrow received her Ph.D. in sociology from Cornell University and B.A. in East Asian studies from Boston University.
Jeffrey Hornung is a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation, where he has written extensively about Japanese foreign policy and East Asian security issues. From 2015 to 2017, Dr. Hornung was an associate professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. He was also a visiting scholar at the University of Tokyo from 2005 to 2006 as a Fulbright Fellow. Dr. Hornung received his Ph.D. from The George Washington University and his M.A. in international relations with a concentration in Japan Studies from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
Kazuyo Kato is Executive Director of the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE), USA. Prior to joining JCIE, she was Senior Director of Global Partnerships and Initiatives at the Japan Society in New York and spent nearly two decades at non-profit organizations focusing on U.S.-Japan relations. Ms. Kato also worked at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington D.C. She is a member of the Mike Mansfield Foundation U.S.-Japan Network for the Future program and received her M.A in International Policy Studies and B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University.
Wendy Leutert is an assistant professor and the GLP-Ming Z. Mei Chair of Chinese Economics and Trade at the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University. Her research focuses on Chinese political economy, specifically the reform and globalization of China's state-owned enterprises and the political mobility of their leaders. Previously, she was the An Wang Postdoctoral Fellow at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University; Postdoctoral Fellow at the Columbia-Harvard China and the World Program at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University; and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Contemporary China, University of Pennsylvania. She holds a Ph.D. and MA in government from Cornell University, a MA in international relations from Tsinghua University in Beijing, and a BA in political science and philosophy from Wellesley College.
Adam P. Liff is associate professor of East Asian International Relations at Indiana University’s Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies (EALC Department), where he also serves as founding director of its “21st Century Japan Politics & Society Initiative” (21JPSI) and founding organizer of its “East Asia and the World” speaker series. His research focuses on international security and the Asia-Pacific, with emphasis on Japanese and Chinese security policy; U.S. Asia-Pacific strategy; the U.S.-Japan alliance; and the rise of China. Beyond IU, Dr. Liff is a Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and Associate-in-Research at Harvard University’s Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies and Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Politics from Princeton University, and a B.A. from Stanford University.
Ko Maeda is associate professor at the University of North Texas, where he researches comparative politics with a focus on Asia. His work appears in publications such as the Journal of Politics, British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Electoral Studies, and the Journal of Theoretical Politics. Professor Maeda received his Ph.D. in political science from Michigan State University and B.A. in international relations from the University of Tsukuba.
Tanvi Madan is a senior fellow in the Project on International Order and Strategy in the Foreign Policy program, and director of The India Project at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. Madan’s work explores India’s role in the world and its foreign policy, focusing in particular on India's relations with China and the United States. She also researches the U.S. and India’s approaches in the Indo-Pacific, as well as the development of interest-based coalitions, especially the Australia-India-Japan-U.S. Quad. In addition to a doctorate in public policy from the University of Texas at Austin, she has a master's degree in international relations from Yale University and a bachelor's degree with honors in history from Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi, India.
Celine Pajon is Head of Japan Research at the Center for Asian Studies of the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI), Paris. Ms. Pajon is an International Research Fellow with the Canon Institute for Global Studies (CIGS) and was a visiting fellow with the Japan Institute for International Affairs (JIIA). Her expertise includes Japanese foreign and defense policy, the geostrategic dynamics of the Asia-Pacific, and the Pacific strategies of France and Europe. Ms. Pajon is a graduate of the Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and Sciences Po Lyon and studied at Waseda University and Osaka University.
Alessio Patalano is Director of the Asian Security and Warfare Research Group and King’s College London’s Japan Programme. He is a senior fellow with the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), an Adjunct Fellow at the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies at Temple University, and a Visiting Professor at the Japan Maritime Command and Staff College. From 2006 to 2015, he was a visiting professor in strategy at the Italian Naval War College, Venice. His current research interests include maritime strategy, Chinese hybrid strategy and maritime coercion, Sino-Japanese maritime territorial disputes, and the relationship between military power and statecraft in Japan.
Alexandra Sakaki is the Deputy Head of the Asia Research Division at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP). Dr. Sakaki joined SWP in 2012, previously working as a senior fellow with the Robert Bosch Stiftung from 2012 to 2017 and as research fellow from 2009 to 2011 with the University of Duisberg-Essen’s Institute for East Asian Studies. She received her PhD in political science from the University of Trier, M.Phil. in International Relations from the University of Cambridge, and B.A. in East Asian Studies from Princeton University.
Ulrike Schaede is Professor of Japanese Business at the University of California, San Diego. She is the Director of the Japan Forum for Innovation and Technology (JFIT) and head of the International Management track at UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy. Professor Schaede is author of 7 books and more than 50 articles on Japanese business organization, strategy, and management. She also serves as a Fellow and Advisor to the Innovation Network for Co-Creating the Future (INCF) at the Mitsubishi Research Institute and the Life Science Innovation Network Japan (LINK-J). She received her Ph.D. in Japan studies from the University of Bonn and B.A. in economics at the University of Marburg.
Hiroshi Tajima is the Consul-General of Japan in Chicago, a position he assumed in September 2021. He joined Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1989, and has previously served in a number of important posts, including for the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations in New York.