Dayna Barnes: US war-time planning for the occupation of Japan

The event have been canceled. Sorry for the inconvenience this may cause. (July 3 2012).

Tuesday, July 17, 2012
19:00 (Talk will start at 19:30)
Temple University, Japan Campus, Mita Hall 502/503 (Access)
Dayna Barnes
Robert Dujarric
Free (Open to general public)


Plans for the treatment of Japan after World War II were the result of a long deliberative period inside the US Department of State. During that time, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Institute of Pacific Relations held a special place in policy planning. The bureaucrats in charge of American foreign policy came to rely on information and expertise from these two organizations as they developed recommendations.

This talk will describe the direct and indirect involvement of the IPR and CFR in official planning processes as well as the broader context of preparing for the Occupation during the war. These think tanks provided relevant and accessible information, maintained personal networks between members and policymakers, and created space for officials and private experts from the business and scholarly communities to discuss ideas. Through their wartime programs, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Institute of Pacific Relations both had a significant impact on the domestic planning process and a role in creating a concerted Allied policy on the Japan question.


Dayna Barnes

Dayna Barnes is a PhD Candidate in International History at the London School of Economics. She is Managing Editor of Asia Pacific: Perspectives, a journal of the Center for the Pacific Rim at the University of San Francisco, where she also teaches Asian studies.

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