Category Archives: Sun & Star

Event Recap | Food Safety After Fukushima

The Tower Center Sun & Star Japan East Asia Program held a discussion Sept. 7 with SMU Anthropology Assistant Professor Nicolas Sternsdorff Cisterna examining how citizens banded together to demand safe food after the 2011 nuclear meltdown in Fukushima, Japan. … Continue reading

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Hiroki Takeuchi: Japan’s in a good position globally despite Abe scandal

Senior Fellow & Director of the Sun & Star East Asia Program Hiroki Takeuchi discussed the U.S.-Japan relationship in light of the scandal surrounding the Abe administration in an interview on ANC Early Edition. Takeuchi believes the Abe administration’s recent … Continue reading

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Reformers and internationalists are likely partners in China

Tower Center Senior Fellow and Director of the Sun & Star Southeast Asia Program Hiroki Takeuchi reviewed Julian Gewirtz’ new book Unlikely Partners: Chinese Reformers, Western Economists, and the Making of Global China (Harvard University Press, 2017). “This book provides important … Continue reading

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“Fiscal Starvation: The Unintended Consequences of Xi Jinping’s Anti-Corruption Campaign”

Hiroki Takeuchi, director of the SMU Tower Center Sun & Star Program, wrote an analysis for the China Policy Institute looking at the consequences of President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign. “The CCP leadership has feared that corruption, if left unaddressed, could … Continue reading

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Student Blog | The U.S. Presidential Election and the Future of Japan-US Relations

When he would quip, “the U.S. is now the geopolitical uncertainty” Dr. Toshihiro Nakayama of Keio University never anticipated that the U.S. would actually become the world’s new geopolitical uncertainty. Rather than raising cynical laughter, in the wake of the … Continue reading

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Student Blog | Hope fades for unification of the Korean peninsula

Kuyoun Chung, research fellow in the Korea Institute for National Unification (KINU)’s International and Strategic Division, came to SMU to give the talk “Security of the Korean Peninsula” Nov. 11 as part of the Tower Center’s Sun and Star program.  She … Continue reading

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Student Blog | China’s Economic Statecraft

Since opening its economy in 1978, China has held economics at the heart of its foreign policy, yet in the years following the global financial crisis in 2008, China’s grand strategy has begun to shift. In his lecture at the … Continue reading

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Student Blog — Claire Huitt | China’s Evolving Economy and Society

China of the last four decades, with its heavily centralized bureaucracy and its exponential economic growth, is a far cry from the first three decades of the People’s Republic of China, yet the remnants of the Maoist era still greatly affect … Continue reading

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Student Blog — Madeleine Case | How voters think and learn about elections

Since the turn of the 21st century, technology has allowed political news to spread further, faster, and to an expanding audience. However, this appears to have had no impact on the level of interest that this audience takes with political … Continue reading

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Q&A | Tower Scholar studies trade, U.S. leadership

The Tower Center sat down with Tower Scholar Matthew Reitz, class of 2017, to discuss his research on U.S.-Japan security, and more recently, free trade. Reitz, a political science and international studies major, spent June studying in Japan with Professor … Continue reading

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