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2017.03.22up

"American Conservatism and the Problem of Populism"

On February 1st, 2017, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation hosted Dr. George H. Nash, Senior Fellow of the Russell Kirk Center.


[Related Link]https://www.spf.org/e/event/article_23499.html


As an independent historian of American Conservatism, Dr. Hash has published a lot of books, including the very famous The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945 (1976; 3rd ed. 2006), and The Life of Herbert Hoover.

Among others, Dr. Nash examined the intellectual development and current configuration of modern American conservatism: a coalition with many diverse tendencies. Since the end of the Cold War in the 1990s, the conservative coalition has undergone many challenges. Dr. Nash analyzed these growing challenges, including the recent "volcanic eruption" of populism and the remarkable rise of Donald Trump.

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    2017.03.02up

    A Panel Discussion on "Asian Views on America's Role in Asia: The Future of the Rebalance"

    On January 18, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF), in cooperation with The Asia Foundation hosted a panel discussion on “Asian Views on America’s Role in Asia: The Future of the Rebalance.”


    [Related Link]https://www.spf.org/e/event/article_21933.html


    On January 20, Mr. Donald Trump will take the oath of office as America’s new President. People all over the world pay a great deal of attention to Mr. Trump’s statecraft. Announced in 2010, the Obama administration’s “rebalance” towards Asia has provoked sometimes-heated debate and drawn mixed reactions in Asia regarding U.S. motives and intentions in the region. How will the Trump administration manage its policy towards Asia?

    What is the future of the “rebalance” policy in the Asia-Pacific region?

    In November 2016, The Asia Foundation published policy recommendations on U.S. foreign policy toward Asia (http://asiafoundation.org/what-we-do/asian-views-americas-role/).

    The Foundation’s “Asian Views on America’s Role in Asia” report suggests the importance of continuity of American engagement in Asia, and emphasizes Asian views from Northeast, Southeast and South Asian experts, along with an American response. Having this opportunity, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation welcomed Prof. Yoshihide Soeya of Keio University as a commentator for the panel to discuss the future of America’s engagement in Asia including Japan views. Prof. Fumiaki Kubo of the University of Tokyo presided at a panel as a moderator to facilitate active discussion.

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  • Interview with Dr. Bahadir Pehlivanturk (Turkey's expert in international politics)Play
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    2017.02.22up

    Interview with Dr. Bahadir Pehlivanturk (Turkey's expert in international politics)

    Situated at the meeting point of West and East, Turkey has historically tolerated and embraced different cultures and values. Today, the country is serving an important international role as a host for a large number of migrants and refugees under its Open Door policy.Yet, domestically, it has suffered a series of issues including terrorism and attempted coup d'etat. We interviewed Dr. Bahadir Pehlivanturk, Turkey's expert in international politics, about the country's 'now' and 'future', with some reference to Turkey's relations with Japan. [Related Link]https://www.spf.org/e/spf-now/0043.html

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    2017.02.07up

    "Social Innovation in the Islamic World - Dompet Dhuafa's Challenges as a Muslim Philanthropic Organization in Indonesia -"

    On December 13, 2016, The Sasakawa Pan Asia Fund invited three senior members (including the founder, Dr. Parni Hadi Kasanpuro) of Dompet Dhuafa, Indonesia's largest NGO and recipient of the 2016 Ramon Magsaysay Award - commonly referred to as Asia's Nobel Peace Prize - to participate in this year's Asian Opinion Leaders' Exchange.

    [Related Link]https://www.spf.org/spaf/news/article_21948.html

    In accordance with the Islamic notion of Zakah and Awqaf, Dompet Dhuafa collects donations of 2 billion yen annually in Indonesia and funds a diverse range of programs in fields such as poverty alleviation, disaster relief, reconstruction assistance, education and health. We welcomed as a commentator, Dr. Bambang Widjojanto, currently a visiting research fellow at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation. Dr. Widjojanto is a recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award and former vice-chairman of the Indonesia Corruption Eradication Commission and remains an active figure in Indonesian civil society.
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  • Interview with Ms. Maria Sahib (International Fisheries Policy Analyst in Marshall Islands)Play
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    2017.01.18up

    Interview with Ms. Maria Sahib (International Fisheries Policy Analyst in Marshall Islands)

    Ms. Maria Sahib came to Japan with Dr. Transform Aqorau to attend a seminar organized by the Sasakawa Pacific Island Nations Fund (SPF SPINF). We interviewed her about the current fisheries conditions and policies in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. The interview also asked Ms. Sahib, who has the air of a next-generation leader for the Pacific Island countries, about these countries' future outlook and their relations with Japan and other countries. [Related Link]https://www.spf.org/e/spf-now/0042.html

  • Interview with Dr. Transform Aqorau (Technical and Legal Adviser at the Office of Parties of Nauru Agreement)Play
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    2017.01.18up

    Interview with Dr. Transform Aqorau (Technical and Legal Adviser at the Office of Parties of Nauru Agreement)

    Dr. Transform Aqorau (Technical and Legal Adviser at the Office of Parties of Nauru Agreement) has managed to enforce thorough management of his country's fisheries resources and successfully developed a new fisheries business scheme with the aim of bringing true independence to Pacific Island countries. He started this interview by reminiscing about his association with Japan in his younger days, and went on to present his clear vision and passion about the new era of the Pacific Island nations. [Related Link]https://www.spf.org/e/spf-now/0041.html

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    2017.01.12up

    A Panel Discussion "East Asia's Maritime Challenges: Overview of the Current Situation" on Oct 14, 2016 (2)

    On October 14, 2016, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF), in cooperation with the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA (Sasakawa USA) hosted a panel discussion on “East Asia's Maritime Challenges: Overview of the Current Situation.”


    [Related Link]https://www.spf.org/e/event/article_21859.html


    In the Asia-Pacific region, competing claims in the East and South China Seas have become intractable features of the security landscape. Confrontations between claimants, both at sea and in the diplomatic arena, have escalated in recent years as historical narratives collide with modern geopolitics.

    Given the ongoing maritime challenges in East Asia, there is a need for a better understanding of the issues as well as how states can cooperate in this contested realm. Of particular interest is what role the U.S.-Japan alliance can play in these contested spaces. With distinguished experts from Japan, the United States, and other regional countries, including a keynote address by Vice Admiral Umio Otsuka (President of the JMSDF Command and Staff College), we are excited to host this event to discuss these issues.
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    2017.01.12up

    A Panel Discussion "East Asia's Maritime Challenges: Overview of the Current Situation" on Oct 14, 2016 (1)

    On October 14, 2016, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF), in cooperation with the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA (Sasakawa USA) hosted a panel discussion on “East Asia's Maritime Challenges: Overview of the Current Situation.”


    [Related Link]https://www.spf.org/e/event/article_21859.html


    In the Asia-Pacific region, competing claims in the East and South China Seas have become intractable features of the security landscape. Confrontations between claimants, both at sea and in the diplomatic arena, have escalated in recent years as historical narratives collide with modern geopolitics.

    Given the ongoing maritime challenges in East Asia, there is a need for a better understanding of the issues as well as how states can cooperate in this contested realm. Of particular interest is what role the U.S.-Japan alliance can play in these contested spaces. With distinguished experts from Japan, the United States, and other regional countries, including a keynote address by Vice Admiral Umio Otsuka (President of the JMSDF Command and Staff College), we are excited to host this event to discuss these issues.
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    Panel Discussion "2016 U.S. Presidential Election and Democracy" ~Populism, New Generation and Political Discontents~ on October 25, 2016

    The Sasakawa Peace Foundation, in collaboration with the United States Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC), invited two former Members of the United States Congress, Mr. Cliff Stearns (Republican) and Mr. Jason Altmire (Democrat) for a discussion.

    [Related Link]https://www.spf.org/e/event/article_21877.html

    The 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, which will be held on November 8th, has attracted global attention. In retrospect, there were two surprises in this electoral process. The first surprise was Mr. Trump as the nominee of the Republican Party for President. Mr. Trump was considered as a “fringe candidate” in the beginning of the race. However, he has since acquired huge support. The other surprise was that Mr. Sanders made an impressive showing at the polls against Ms. Clinton, who was heavily favored. Mr. Trump’s base remains white blue-collar workers, and Mr. Sanders won enormous support from the youth during the primary elections season. The underlining cause of this is a discontent with the status quo and distrust of elites. And it illustrates the possibility of creating “radical” political leaders through democratic process. As a result, some argue that the democracy itself must be re-examined.

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