Japan-Russia relations have received a flurry of attention in both countries’ capitals since 2013, and rumors of possible progress toward a long-pursued peace treaty persist. More recently, however, the process has stalled amid an intractable territorial dispute and other tensions. Sasakawa USA and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace will host a public forum on outstanding historical issues between Japan and Russia, prospects for cooperation in the fields of security, energy, trade, and investment, and the impact of these relations on the U.S.-Japan alliance.
This event is cosponsored by Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA.
8:45 to 9:15 a.m.
Registration and Seating
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Japanese and Russian Perceptions and Priorities for Security and Foreign Policy in the Asia Pacific
Yasuhiro Izumikawa, Vasiliy Kashin, Georgy Toloraya
Moderator: Andrew S. Weiss
12:30 to 1:15 p.m.
Douglas H. Paal
Douglas H. Paal is vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He previously served as vice chairman of JPMorgan Chase International and as unofficial U.S. representative to Taiwan as director of the American Institute in Taiwan.
Dennis Blair is chairman and CEO of Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA. He previously served as U.S. director of national intelligence.
Kazuhiko Togo is director of the Institute for World Affairs at Kyoto Sangyo University. He previously served as Japan’s ambassador to the Netherlands.
Alexander Nikolayevich Panov
Alexander Nikolayevich Panov is head of the department of diplomacy at Moscow State Institute of International Relations. He previously served as the Russian Federation’s ambassador to Norway and Japan.
Jeffrey Hornung is a fellow for the security and foreign affairs program at Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA. He previously worked as an associate professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies.
Yasuhiro Izumikawa is a professor on the Faculty of Policy Studies at Chuo University in Japan where he lectures on international relations, East Asian security, and Japanese foreign policy.
Vasily Kashin is a senior researcher at the Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies and the Far Eastern Studies Institute Northeast Asia Center.
Georgy Toloraya is director of the Asian Strategy Center at the Institute of Economics of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Andrew S. Weiss
Andrew S. Weiss is vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment, where he oversees research in Washington and Moscow on Russia and Eurasia.
Eugen Rumer is a senior associate and the director of Carnegie’s Russia and Eurasia Program. He previously served as a national intelligence officer for Russia and Eurasia at the U.S. National Intelligence Council.
Edward Chow is a senior fellow in the Energy and National Security Program at CSIS.Before joining CSIS, he spent 20 years with the Chevron Corporation.
Alexander Gabuev is a senior associate and the chair of the Russia in the Asia-Pacific Program at the Carnegie Moscow Center.
Irina Timonina is a professor at the Institute of Business Studies in Moscow.
Taisuke Abiru is a research fellow and project manager at the Tokyo Foundation. He specializes in Russian politics and energy strategy, Japan-Russia relations, and Eurasian geopolitics.
Daniel Bob is director of programs and senior fellow at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA. He previously worked on the Senate Finance and House Foreign Affairs Committees handling Asia Pacific issues.
Frank Jannuzi is president and chief executive officer of the Mike and Maureen Mansfield Foundation. He previously served as deputy executive director at Amnesty International, USA, and policy director, East Asian and Pacific affairs, for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Narushige Michishita is Japan Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Asia Program and simultaneously professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Tokyo.
Dmitry Streltsov is a professor the head of the Afro-Asian Department at Moscow State Institute of International Relations. He concurrently serves as leading research fellow of the Center of Japanese Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences.
James L. Schoff
James L. Schoff is a senior associate in the Carnegie’s Asia Program. His research focuses on U.S.-Japanese relations and regional engagement, Japanese politics and security, and the private sector’s role in Japanese policymaking.
William J. Burns
William J. Burns is president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He previously served as U.S. deputy secretary of state.