A Panel Discussion co-organized by The Sasakawa Peace Foundation and Sasakawa USA
On May 18, Continuity or Change: U.S. Defense and Foreign Policy under the Next Administration
(May 18, 2016)


On May 18, Sasakawa Peace Foundation and Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA hosted a panel discussion on U.S. defense and foreign policy under the next administration featuring seven U.S. emerging defense experts from Washington, D.C. who are participating in the Sasakawa USA Emerging Experts Delegation (SEED) Program.

The event took place in light of the 2016 U.S. presidential election where recent developments have heightened concerns over the fate of U.S. global leadership and foreign affairs within the Washington policy community. The first panel looked back on the successes and lessons learned from previous administrations and provide views on how the next president should approach U.S. foreign and security policy issues, including policy in Asia. The second panel identified major defense challenges facing the U.S. as well as its allies in Asia and around the world, and examined whether the U.S. has the necessary resources and capabilities, political will and public support to address these challenges.

The SEED Program aims to engage the next generation of U.S. policy experts on Japan and improving their understanding of U.S.-Japan relations through a series of pre-trip briefings, a week-long trip to Tokyo, and post-trip opportunities for publication and networking. In the third implementation of this program, Sasakawa USA selected participants with its partnering think tanks from the two previous delegations, the Center for American Progress and the Foreign Policy Initiative, to bring together a bipartisan group of defense experts and policymakers.

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A Panel Discussion co-organized by The Sasakawa Peace Foundation and Sasakawa USA
On May 18, Continuity or Change: U.S. Defense and Foreign Policy under the Next Administration
Dates & Time
Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 16:30-18:30 (Registration begins at 16:00)
The Sasakawa Peace Foundation Building 11th Fl.
1-15-16, Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Co-organized by The Sasakawa Peace Foundation and Sasakawa USA

Wed. 18 May


Welcome & Introduction:
Junko Chano, Executive Director, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation


Panel Discussion I: U.S. Global Leadership and Foreign Policy

Sam Brannen
Senior Manager, Global Business Policy Council, A.T. Kearney

Brian Harding
Director for East and Southeast Asia, Center for American Progress

Phillip Lohaus
Research Fellow, Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies, American Enterprise Institute

Jeffrey Hornung
Fellow, Sasakawa USA


Panel Discussion II: U.S. Defense Requirements, Capabilities, and Cooperation with Allies and Partners

David Adesnik
Policy Director, Foreign Policy Initiative

Melissa Dalton
Fellow and Chief of Staff, International Security Program, CSIS

Rachel Hoff
Director of Defense Analysis, American Action Forum

Jeffrey Hornung
Fellow, Sasakawa USA



English/Japanese with simultaneous interpretation
Admission is free. Registration is required.
Should you wish to participate, please fill out the registration form on our website by COB on Tuesday, May 17.
* Seating is limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.


Ms. Murata, Mr. Kato and Ms. Sekiguchi
Japan-U.S. Exchange Program Division
International Program Department
Tel: 03-5157-5134


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