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Skilful handling of the US president has been a requirement for successful Japanese prime ministers in the post-war period. The election of Donald Trump has been the biggest test for Japanese diplomacy thus far, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has risen to the challenge. How can other leaders respond and what are the implications of US foreign policy for regional diplomacy and security?
In this public seminar, Glen S Fukushima will discuss the implications of US foreign policy under Donald Trump in the Asia Pacific region, and what this means for countries like Japan and Australia in navigating a world with very different US leadership.
Glen S Fukushima is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC, where he focusses on US-East Asian relations, US-Japan relations and international political economy. From 1985-90, he was senior official at USTR (Office of the US Trade Representative) in the Executive Office of the President in charge of trade negotiations with Japan and China. From 1990-2012, he was a business executive based in Asia with one European and four American global corporations. In 2015-16, he served on Hillary Clinton’s Asia Policy Working Group.
Fukushima’s publications include The Politics of US-Japan Economic Friction, winner of the 9th Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Prize in 1993. He was educated at Stanford University, Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School. He studied at Keio University as a Stanford/Keio Exchange Scholar and at the University of Tokyo as a Fulbright and Japan Foundation Fellow.