Political Salon with Devin Stewart: The Tohoku Earthquake: Response and Implications for Japan

World Policy Institute and Eurasia Group present:

The Tohoku Earthquake: Response and Implications for Japan
A Political Salon with Devin T. Stewart
Moderated by Ross Schaap

April 12, 2011
This event is by invitation only.

With special thanks to the Heinrich Böll Foundation for supporting the Political Salon.

In the aftermath of Japan’s tragic earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster, citizens have risen to the challenge to work towards recovery. What’s in store for Japan’s future given the economic, geopolitical and cultural impacts? In a country already struggling with demographic and economic pressures, amid a political transition, can the triple disaster catalyze positive reforms and improve Japan’s governance? What needs to happen for the country to move forward?

In this Political Salon, Devin Stewart and Ross Schaap reflect on the recent earthquake and tsunami, the response inside and outside Japan, and the implications for Japan and the world.

The Chatham House Rule applies to this Political Salon. Participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.

About the Speakers:

Devin T. Stewart is senior director of Corporate, Policy, and Lecture Programs at Japan Society in New York and a Carnegie Council Senior Fellow. Until November 2010, he was director of the Global Policy Innovations program at the Carnegie Council. He is the founding editor of Policy Innovations and Carnegie Ethics Online. Previously, he was assistant director of studies and Japan studies fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He is a CSIS Adjunct Fellow, a Next Generation Fellow, a Truman Security Fellow, an adviser to Sustainable Profitability Group, and an adjunct assistant professor at New York University. Devin's articles have appeared in more than ten languages in publications including the American Interest, Newsweek, Foreign Policy, the Wall Street Journal, the International Herald Tribune, the Asahi Shimbun, Japan Times, and the National Interest. He has been featured in or interviewed by Dow Jones, AFP, Reuters, Xinhua, BBC, loggingheads.tv, Al Jazeera, and others. He is author of a chapter in a forthcoming book on Japan published by McKinsey & Company and of the Japan chapter in Energy Security Challenges for the 21st Century: A Reference Handbook. He received a B.A., cum laude, from the University of Delaware. He holds an M.A. from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins.

Ross Schaap is a director in Eurasia Group's comparative analytics practice, responsible for developing quantitative methods for the research team. He is also an analyst in the Asia practice group, focusing on Japan. Ross received a PhD in political science from UCLA and a master's degree in Asian studies from the University of Hawaii. He has also lived and researched extensively in Japan, conducting empirical research on Japanese financial deregulation and the relationship between regulatory policy design and market outcomes. Previously, Ross worked as a visiting professor at the University of California, in the Davis department of political science. He spent the 2003-2004 academic year as a research fellow in Harvard University's Program on US-Japan relations at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. He has published articles on financial regulatory reform and the domestic politics of banking in Japan, and presented papers at numerous professional conferences.

About the Sponsors:

The World Policy Institute and World Policy Journal engage fresh ideas and new voices from around the world to address critical shared challenges. We provide a forum for solution-focused policy analysis and public debate toward an inclusive and sustainable global market economy, effective and fair governance, and collaborative approaches to security.

The Political Salon – organized by Steve Sokol since 2003 to promote dialogue among the next generation of leaders in business, policy, and the media – regularly convenes a diverse group of young professionals to discuss a range of foreign policy issues and global affairs. Attendees are diverse in terms of nationality, profession, and political persuasion.

Eurasia Group is the world’s leading global political risk research and consulting firm. By providing information and insight on how political developments move markets, Eurasia Group helps clients anticipate and respond to instability and opportunities everywhere they do business. Founded in 1998, the firm’s name reveals its early focus on the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, but today Eurasia Group’s research platform is global. Their analysts monitor political, economic, social, and security developments in Africa, Asia, Eurasia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and North America. They also examine cross-border issues such as trade, energy and other commodities, financial regulation, climate change, and global health.


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