U.S.-Japan Security Alliance: How the Relationship is Changing Militarily and What We Can Expect

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 (4:00 PM – 5:30 PM)
The Godwin Gruber Lawyers Inn, 1st Floor, Carr Collins Hall (map)

Grant Newsham, Senior Research Fellow, Japan Forum for Strategic Studies

Newsham is a Senior Research Fellow at the Japan Forum for Strategic Studies with a particular focus on Asia/Pacific defense and political and economic matters. He is a retired US Marine Colonel and was the first US Marine Liaison Officer to the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force. In that role he was instrumental in developing Japan’s nascent amphibious capability. Newsham previously served as the reserve G2 (intelligence) and G5 (plans and policy) at Marine Forces Pacific Headquarters in Honolulu, and also served on two occasions as the US Marine Attaché, US Embassy Tokyo.

Newsham lived in Tokyo for twenty years and worked for over a decade as an executive director at a Western investment bank and for a major American high-tech firm. He is also a former US Foreign Service Officer – with work covering a number of regions – including East and South Asia, and specializing in insurgency, counter-insurgency, and commercial matters.

Newsham speaks regularly at a variety of forums on Asian defense, economic, and political matters, and has published articles on these topics in a range of periodicals such as USNI Proceedings, The Diplomat, Christian Science Monitor, and Sankei Shimbun. Newsham is also an attorney with experience in international trade and public international law. He was selected to join the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Organized Crime in 2011-2012, and was once the co-chair of the District of Columbia Bar’s International Trade Committee.

The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.


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Sun & Star Japan and East Asia Program

The Sun & Star Japan and East Asia Program aims to increase awareness of the economic, historical, political, and social trends of Japan and East Asia that affect the future of China, Japan, Korea, East Asia, and the world, including the United States.  Through the Sun & Star Symposia and lecture series featuring scholars, practitioners, journalists, and government officials, students and other participants learn about the challenges and opportunities in each country’s domestic politics and economics, the region’s relationship with the U.S. and the Asia-Pacific, and the international relations of the globalized world.

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