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- Grant Newsham (Senior research fellow at the Japan Forum for Strategic Studies)
East Asia has become a tougher neighborhood in the last several years and friction between Japan and China shows no sign of abating. Japan’s defense policies have consequently shifted towards a more active defense and upgraded Japan Self Defense Force (JSDF) capabilities. This talk will evaluate Japan’s new defense strategies in terms of effectiveness and prospects for regional stability and the US-Japan security alliance.
Senior research fellow at the Japan Forum for Strategic Studies
Retired US Marine Colonel Grant Newsham is a senior research fellow at the Japan Forum for Strategic Studies in Tokyo. He served as the first US Marine Liaison Officer to the Japan Ground Self Defense Force and was instrumental in the development of the JSDF’s nascent amphibious capability. He is also a former US diplomat and served at the US Embassy, Tokyo in the 1990’s, and later returned for a stint as Marine Attaché. His research focuses on Asian defense and his articles have been published in the Christian Science Monitor, Daily Yomiuri, Sentaku, USNI Proceedings, and other periodicals. His latest article is “How to get tough with China” in The National Interest (http://nationalinterest.org/feature/how-get-tough-china-15928) written with Kerry Gershaneck. He holds a JD from the University of California, Los Angeles.