SPF Japan U.S. Program Cordially Invites You to Attend: “The Role of Think Tanks in the Changing World and the United States”
(Tuesday, August 28, 2018)

On August 28, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation will host Prof. James G. McGann of University of Pennsylvania and Prof. Kent E. Calder of Johns Hopkins University.

Prof. McGann is a leading expert of think tanks studies, researching not only think tanks in the United States but also in many other countries. His annual “Global Go To Think Tank Index Report” (Pennsylvania University), which examines more than 6,000 think tanks in the world, has been receiving greater attention through the world now, and he has also just published his new book Think Tanks, Foreign Policy and the Emerging Powers(Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). Prof. Calder is a well-known expert on Japanese politics and International Political Economy. He also has published a lot of books including Asia in Washington (Brookings Institution Press, 2014), and also has been involved in many projects of think tanks both in the United States and Japan.

With increased information and communication tools, rapidly changing technological and international landscape, the think tanks have expanded its role and importance in the world in the past decades. Currently, we can see a lot of different types of the think tanks from autonomous to government affiliate having different functions, depending on the different political systems and the environment of civil society. It is reported that the think tanks have now more influence in the emerging powers, such as India and China. On the contrary, in the United States, the decline of the influence and the raison d’etre of think tanks in Washington D.C. is also argued under the Trump administration where the President himself and his closer staff have made many important policy decisions without much consultation with policy makers.

In the rapidly changing world environment and United States, what will be the role of the think tanks for the future, what will be the necessary changes to tackle with the new challenges, Prof. McGann and Prof. Calder will discuss from a broader perspective including the future Japan-U.S. relations and the role of Japan. Details of the event are as follows:

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SPF Japan U.S. Program Cordially Invites You to Attend:
“The Role of Think Tanks in the Changing World and the United States”
Dates & Time
Tuesday, August 28, 2018, 16:30 - 18:30 (Registration begins at 16:00)
11th Floor, International Conference Hall
The Sasakawa Peace Foundation Bldg.
1-15-16 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-8524,Japan(Map
The Sasakawa Peace Foundation

“The Role of Think Tanks in the Changing World and the United States”




Opening Remarks


Speech: “The Role of Think Tanks in the Changing World and the United States”
Prof. James G. McGann
Director of Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program, Lauder Institute, Wharton School and School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania
Prof. Kent E. Calder
Vice Dean, and the Director of Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies,
Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University

Ms. Junko Chano, Executive Director, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation
Mr. Tsuneo Watanabe, Senior Fellow, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation




English/Japanese with simultaneous interpretation
Admission is free. Registration is required.
Please register by 17:00, Monday, August 27, 2018.
* Seating is limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
* Please kindly be noted that we do not offer parking area.
Ms.Murata,Ms.Kono and Ms. Munakata
Japan-U.S. Program Department, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation
Mail: japan-us@spf.or.jp
Tel: 03-5157-5141
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