2019-2020 National Conference

Conference Agenda:

The U.S.-Japan Partnership in the 21st Century: Domestic & Foreign Policy Challenges

Friday, Nov 8th, 2019 | 1-5:30 pm | Shreve Auditorium (GA 0001) | Global & International Studies Building (355 N Eagleson Ave, Bloomington, IN 47405-1105)

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Welcome/Introductory Remarks (1:00-1:10pm)

Dean (Amb.) Lee Feinstein, Hamilton Lugar School
21JPSI Director Adam Liff, Hamilton Lugar School


Policy Keynote (1:10-1:30pm)

Ms. Andrea Richter, Vice President for International Engagement at the Indiana Economic Development Corporation on Indiana-Japan economic relations (representing the Honorable Jim Schellinger, Secretary of Commerce (Indiana)


Panel Discussion 1: Foreign Policy Challenges & U.S.-Japan Relations (1:35-2:45pm)

Dr. Mireya Solis, Brookings Institution
Dr. Michael Auslin, Hoover Institution (Stanford University)
Dr. Naoko Aoki, RAND Corporation
Dr. Adam Liff, Hamilton Lugar School

Moderator: Dr. Wendy Leutert, Hamilton Lugar School


Academic Keynote (“U.S.-Japan Relations: The Roads Ahead”) (3-3:50pm)

Dr. Richard Samuels, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Panel Discussion 2: Domestic Challenges & U.S.-Japan Relations (3:55-5:05pm)

Mr. Craig Kafura, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Dr. Sherry Martin, US Department of State
Dr. Rie Watanabe, Aoyama Gakuin University/Harvard University

Moderator: Dr. Emily Metzgar, Media School


Closing Remarks (5:05-5:25pm)

The Honorable Kenichi Okada, Consul-General of Japan in Chicago