Japan Society Event
Please join us for a webinar with:
Sheila A. Smith, Senior Fellow for Japan Studies
Council on Foreign Relations
Stephen Noerper, Senior Research Scholar; Senior Director, Policy and Corporate Programs
Weatherhead East Asian Institute; The Korea Society
Joshua W. Walker, President and CEO
Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow for Japan Studies Dr. Sheila Smith and Korea Society Senior Director Dr. Stephen Noerper examine the political impact of the coronavirus outbreak in Japan and Korea, in conversation with Japan Society President and CEO Dr. Joshua W. Walker. In this live webcast program, co-hosted by the Japan Society and the Korea Society, the three discuss the domestic responses and impact of COVID-19 to date and regional implications, to include relations between the two states, Tokyo 2020 Olympics, evolving domestic realities, and more.
About the Speakers:
Sheila A. Smith is senior fellow for Japan studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). An expert on Japanese politics and foreign policy, she is the author of Japan Rearmed: The Politics of Military Power, Intimate Rivals: Japanese Domestic Politics and a Rising China (released in Japanese as 日中 親愛なる宿敵: 変容する日本政治と対中政策), and Japan’s New Politics and the U.S.-Japan Alliance. She is also the author of the CFR interactive guide Constitutional Change in Japan. Smith is a regular contributor to the CFR blog Asia Unbound and a frequent contributor to major media outlets in the United States and Asia.
Stephen Noerper teaches Northeast Asia and Korean Peninsula relations at SIPA and in the department of political science at Columbia University. He is a Korea Society senior director for policy, senior research scholar at Columbia University’s Weatherhead East Asian Institute, and a senior advisor to the United Nations program in support of cooperation in Northeast Asia. Previously, he was a senior fellow and director at the EastWest Institute, an associate professor of international relations at New York University, and a visiting professor at American University, the National University of Mongolia–where he was a Fulbright senior scholar–and Waseda University. Dr. Noerper was an Intellibridge vice president, State Department senior analyst, and an associate and assistant professor at the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies in Hawaii. He was an East-West Center fellow and Washington representative for the Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainable Development. The author of more than seventy publications on US policy, Korea and Northeast Asia, he has appeared widely on radio and television, to include the BBC, Bloomberg, CBC, CNN, NPR and VOA and in The Wall Street Journal and other print. He holds advanced degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and London School of Economics. He is a member of the National Committee on North Korea and recipient of Mongolia’s State Friendship Medal.
Dr. Joshua W. Walker is well-networked across the relevant academies, civil societies, departments, ministries, and private sectors in Washington, DC and Tokyo. He comes to Japan Society from Eurasia Group, the world’s leading political risk analysis firm, where he has been serving as global head of strategic initiatives and Japan in the Office of the President. He has actively expanded global events and new business offerings, including leading the company’s first ever “GZERO” geopolitical summit in Japan. He has worked with clients worldwide with a focus on Japan and in a variety of sectors to evaluate global geopolitical risks. Dr. Walker has more than two decades of experience in international business and diplomacy. Prior to Eurasia Group, he was CEO and president of the USA Pavilion of the 2017 World Expo in Astana, Kazakhstan; founding dean of the APCO Institute; and senior vice president of global programs at APCO Worldwide, a leading global strategic communications firm based in Washington, D.C. Before joining the private sector, he worked in numerous roles at various U.S. government agencies, including the State Department and the Defense Department. He is a Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, and professor of Leadership and the American presidency at George Mason University and the Reagan Foundation.
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