Research Projects



The Asia Strategy Initiative (ASI) aims to bring together mid-career experts to put forward a set of detailed issue-specific policy proposals on topics related to the U.S.-Japan alliance. After an initial pilot meeting held in January 2017, the group plans to meet twice each year (once in Tokyo, once in Washington DC) and will issue a memorandum after each meeting. The project will rely on recognized mid-career experts to delve deeply into policy options for Japan, the United States, and key partners, resulting in specific and actionable recommendations.


The Japan-U.S. program at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) has invested substantial resources in both senior-level and young-mid career level groups around the issue of Japan-U.S. cooperation and the alliance. Early- and mid-career groups have increased interest in the alliance, particularly by connecting emerging experts and encouraging U.S. scholars to study Japan. Few programs, however, have focused on jointly producing deeply researched studies with actionable policy proposals. Doing so requires cooperation between mid-career experts who have both the expertise and time to conduct deep studies of important issues. These experts form the foundation for the alliance because they have the ability to build support for ambitious initiatives, forming the foundation for the next set of efforts to enhance the U.S.-Japan alliance.


Establish a dialogue among Japanese and American security experts who are experts on both East Asian security and intergovernmental alliance coordination efforts. These experts should be capable of “looking around the corner” to identify potential allied efforts to address critical issues. These experts should interact with security experts from key partners in East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and Europe, to create a global agenda for the U.S.-Japan alliance.


The Asia Strategy Initiative will hold two workshops each year, beginning with a pilot meeting in early 2017; the first official workshop was held on May 16, 2017 in Tokyo. Meetings will rotate principally between Japan and the United States. A policy memorandum will be released after each subsequent workshop.

Core Members


  • Satoru MORI

    Professor, Faculty of Law,
    Hosei University

  • Zack COOPER

    Senior Fellow for Asian Security,
    Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Japanese Members

  • Ken JIMBO

    Associate Professor,
    Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University

  • Kei KOGA

    Assistant Professor, Public Policy & Global Affairs, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore


    Associate Professor, Faculty of Law,
    Kanagawa University


    Chief of Policy Simulation Division,
    the National Institute for Defense Studies

  • Tetsuo KOTANI

    Senior Fellow,
    The Japan Institute of International Affairs

  • Toshihiro NAKAYAMA

    Professor, Faculty of Policy Management,
    Keio University

  • Mie OBA

    Faculty of Engineering, Tokyo University of Science

American Members


    Specialist in Asian Affairs,
    Congressional Research Service

  • Jeffrey HORNUNG

    Full Political Scientist,
    RAND Corporation

  • Jennifer LIND

    Associate Professor,
    Dartmouth University


    Senior Fellow,
    Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment (CSBA)

  • Eric SAYERS

    Adjunct Fellow for Asian Security,
    Center for Strategic and International Studies

  • James L. SCHOFF

    Senior Associate,
    Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


    Senior Research Scholar and Senior Fellow,
    Paul Tsai China Center, Yale Law School

  • Kelly MAGSAMEN

    Vice President,
    National Security and International Policy, Center for American Progress




Co-Authors:James L. Schoff and Sugio Takahashi

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