Under the “America First” motto, U.S. President Donald Trump has continued to criticize the U.S. alliance with Japan as unfair and demand greater military and financial investment from allies around the world. Against this backdrop, SPF in collaboration with the Casimir Pulaski Foundation of Poland has conducted a series of comparative analyses to compile balance sheets outlining the strengths and weaknesses of U.S. allies in Asia and Europe. On October 24, 2019, SPF will welcome the authors of this research to Tokyo for discussions comparing Japan's relative strengths and weaknesses with other U.S. allies, with the ultimate goal of uncovering strategies for maintaining the Japan-U.S. alliance moving forward.
Tomasz Smura, PhD, Director of Research Office, Casimir Pulaski Foundation as well as Director of Strategy and International Cooperation Office of Solidarity Transport Hub, Poland. His doctoral dissertation concerned the balance of power system in East Asia and his research interests include U.S. foreign policy, East Asia, and international security.
Kamil Łukasz Mazurek, Research Fellow, Casimir Pulaski Foundation. Also working as a journalist at the Military Research and Analysis Group (ZBiAM).
Maciej Szopa, Research Fellow, Casimir Pulaski Foundation. Currently also working as senior editor and analyst in Defence24.pl portal. Former journalist and analyst for the Military Research and Analysis Group (ZBiAM), Nowa Technika Wojskowa and Polska Zbrojna.
Karolina Libront, PhD, Lawyer, Expert on Germany and International Security, Centre for International Initiatives (CII), Warsaw. Also working as a lawyer advising international companies such as General Electric.
Łukasz Smalec, PhD, Policy Officer on Political Cooperation with the United States of America, Department of Americas, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland. Prior to joining MFA, served as project coordinator in the Centre for International Initiatives.
Thomas Wilkins, PhD, Senior Lecturer in International Security, University of Sydney, and Senior Fellow (Non-Resident), Japan Institute for International Relations. Previously a Visiting Associate Professor at Keio University and the University of Hong Kong.
Rira Momma, Head, China Division, Regional Studies Department, National Institute for Defense Studies, Ministry of Defense (MOD). Prior to joining MOD, served in various positions including the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Michito Tsuruoka, PhD, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University. Previously served as an advisor for NATO at the Embassy of Japan in Belgium and a Senior Fellow at the National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS), Ministry of Defense, Japan.
Tsuneo Watanabe, Senior Fellow, Sasakawa Peace Foundation. Prior to joining SPF, served in various research positions including Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C.
Naomi Konda, PhD, Visiting Lecturer, Aoyama Gakuin University. Served in various research positions such as Research Fellow at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and Research Fellow at the National Defense Academy of Japan.
Date & Time
Thursday, October 24, 2019 16:00-18:00 (Registration begins at 15:30)
11th Floor, International Conference Hall
Sasakawa Peace Foundation Bldg.
1-15-16 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-8524, Japan（Map）
Sasakawa Peace Foundation
Is the Japan-U.S. Alliance Unfair? Comparisons between U.S. Alliances in Europe and Asia
Greetings from the Polish Representatives
Introduction of the Project (Naomi Konda, Aoyama Gakuin University)
Presentation on Japan and Taiwan (Tsuneo Watanabe, Sasakawa Peace Foundation)
Presentation on Australia (Thomas Wilkins, University of Sydney)
Presentation on Lithuania (Kamil Mazurek, Casimir Pulaski Foundation)
Presentation on Poland (Tomasz Smura, Casimir Pulaski Foundation)
Presentation on Germany (Karolina Libront, Centre of International Initiatives, Poland)
Discussant (Michito Tsuruoka, Keio University)
Q&A (15 minutes)
English (with simultaneous interpretation to Japanese)
Admission is free. Registration is required.
Should you wish to participate, please fill out the application form from this page by 5pm on Monday, October 21, 2019.
* Seating is limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
* Please kindly note that we do not offer parking.