Author - James L. Schoff


James L. Schoff

Senior Director, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA

James L. Schoff

US-Japan alliance, Security in East Asia, and emerging technology policy coordination.

James L. Schoff is senior director of the “U.S.-Japan NEXT Alliance Initiative” at Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA (based in Washington, DC). Previously, Schoff was a senior fellow and director of the Japan Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace for nine years, following two years as senior adviser for East Asia policy at the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense. Schoff’s career spans over thirty years working in the fields of business, education, government, and the non-profit sector, all related to Japan, East Asia, and the U.S.-Japan alliance.

He is a columnist for the Japanese magazine Shukan Toyo Keizai, and his publications include “US-Japan Technology Policy Coordination: Balancing Technonationalism with a Globalized World” (Carnegie, 2020), Uncommon Alliance for the Common Good: The United States and Japan after the Cold War (Carnegie, 2017), and Tools for Trilateralism: Improving U.S.–Japan–Korea Cooperation to Manage Complex Contingencies (Potomac Books, 2005). Schoff earned an Master’s degree in Asian Studies and Economics from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and a Bachelor’s degree in Japanese History from Duke University.