Friday, September 21, 2012

Stress Test for the Alliance

Stress Test for the Alliance under the Democratic Party of Japan, 2009-2012 

Professor William L. Brooks
APP Senior Fellow 
Adjunct Professor, Japan Studies
Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies
SAIS, Johns Hopkins

Thursday, September 27, 2012 
4:30p.m. - 6:00p.m. 
Rome Building, Room 806 
1619 Massachusetts Ave., NW 
Washington, DC

Dr. William Brooks is Asia Policy Point's Senior Fellow and an adjunct professor of Japan Studies at SAIS, Johns Hopkins. He retired from the State Department in September 2009 after a 35-year career as a diplomat, research analyst, and linguist. In his final assignment, he ran Embassy Tokyo’s media analyst and translation unit for 16 years (1993-2009). In earlier diplomatic career, Dr. Brooks served in the economic section of the Embassy Tokyo, as well as in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR).

Mostly recently, he published two books, The Politics of the Futenma Base Issue in Okinawa (2010); and Cracks in the Alliance? (SAIS, 2011), in addition to translating a book of Japanese poetry, Beyond the Vast Wasteland (Tokyo, 2011), a memorial to victims of the great earthquake disaster in 2011 to English. He is now writing book on the Democratic Party of Japan, from which a shortened chapter will be published in SAIS Review.

Dr. Brooks earned his Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Cultures, MA in East Asian Studies and BS in History from Columbia University.

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