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Will the US Defend the Senkakus ? Paul Sracic and Jun Okumura

Thursday, December 18, 2014   19:30 - 21:00

Speakers:
  • Paul Sracic (Chair, the Department of Politics and International Relations at Youngstown State University in Ohio)
  • Jun Okumura (Visiting researcher at the Meiji Institute for Global Affairs (MIGA), special advisor to the National Students Information Center (NISA), and counselor at a risk analysis firm)

Paul Sracic and Jun Okumura will discuss and debate the question of the United States’ willingness and ability to join in the defense of Japan in case of a Chinese attack on the Senkaku islands.

Date & Time:
Thursday, December 18, 2014   19:30 - 21:00 (Doors open at 19:00)
Moderator:
Robert Dujarric (ICAS Director)
Registration:
If possible, we ask you to register by E-mail (icas@tuj.temple.edu) , but we always welcome participants even you do not register. / 参加登録はなしでも参加できますので、直接会場へお越しください。

Speakers:

Paul Sracic

Chair, the Department of Politics and International Relations at Youngstown State University in Ohio

Paul Sracic chairs the Department of Politics and International Relations at Youngstown State University in Ohio. He is the author of San Antonio v. Rodriguez and the Pursuit of Equal Education (University Press of Kansas, 2006), co-author of the Encyclopedia of American Parties, Campaigns, and Elections (Greenwood, 1998) and Ohio Government and Politics (co-authored with William Binning, Congressional Quarterly Press 2015). Dr. Sracic’s op-eds on American and Ohio politics have appeared in the Washington Post, USA Today, Bloomberg View, CNN.com, the Atlantic.com, and The Diplomat. Dr. Sracic is a former Fulbright Scholar in Japan, where he taught American Politics at the University of Tokyo and Sophia University.  He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Rutgers University.
http://web.ysu.edu/gen/class/Dr._Paul_A._Sracic_Chair_m103.html

Jun Okumura

Visiting researcher at the Meiji Institute for Global Affairs (MIGA), special advisor to the National Students Information Center (NISA), and counselor at a risk analysis firm

Jun Okumura entered the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI, then MITI) upon graduation from the Faculty of Law of the University of Tokyo.  During his career at the ministry, he was stationed in Brazil, headed the JETRO office in New York City, and obtained an LLM at Harvard Law School.  He is now visiting researcher at the Meiji Institute for Global Affairs (MIGA), special advisor to the National Students Information Center (NISA), and counselor at a risk analysis firm.   A frequent commentator on Japanese affairs and participant in ICAS events, his blog, Global Talk, is at http://son-of-gadfly-on-the-wall.blogspot.jp/