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Public Lecture by Mr. David Harris, Executive Director of American Jewish Committee in Kyoto

The U.S. , Middle East, and the World:
An American Jewish Perspective

Organized by:
The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership
American Jewish Committee(AJC)External link
Center for Interdisciplinary Study of Monotheistic Religion, Doshisha University (CISMOR)External link
International Institute of American StudiesExternal link, Doshisha University
Co-Organized by:
School of TheologyExternal link, Doshisha University

The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership(CGP) ,American Jewish Committee(AJC) and Doshisha University will organize a lecture by Mr. David Harris, the Executive Director of AJC, on Monday, October 19.
What could be the U.S. foreign policy options for the unstable Middle East and how have these crucial decisions been formed? What is the role of the American Jewish community in the complex public debate about U.S. foreign policy?
Mr. David Harris, who has been leading one of the most influential Jewish American advocacy groups in the United States, will explore the inner dynamics of American Jewish community and U.S. political system, and its views towards the prospects of U.S. foreign policy, including extremism in the Middle East and Iran deals. Mr. Hiroki Sugita, Managing Senior Writer of Kyodo News, will moderate the Q&A session.

Date&Time Monday, October 19, 2015 16:40-18:15 (Doors open at 16:15)

Doshisha Chapel, Imadegawa Campus, Doshisha University アクセスExternal link


English (with simultaneous interpretation to Japanese)  


Opening Remarks


Lecture by Mr. David Harris, the Executive Director, American Jewish Committee


Q&A Moderated by Mr. Hiroki Sugita, Managing Senior Director, Kyodo News


190 seats(Free Admission)

How to Register

Please send an e-mail with your name and affiliation to by 17:00 on October 15 (Thursday)
Since seats are limited, registration in advance is appreciated. You can join the lecture without the registration when there are vacant seats.
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Contacts on registration and venue

Doshisha University
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David Harris
(Edward and Sandra Meyer Office of the Executive Director, American Jewish Committee)

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Mr. Harris has led AJC, the premier global advocacy organization, since 1990. He has been invited to speak at some of the world’s most prestigious forums, including the World Economic Forum in Davos. He has testified before the U.S. Congress on several occasions, as well as before the UN Commission on Human Rights. He has been honored a total of 14 times by the 10 governments for his international efforts in defense of human rights, advancement of the transatlantic partnership, and dedication to the Jewish people. He has written hundreds of articles, op-eds, letters, and reviews in leading media outlets, including CBS Radio Network and The Huffington Post. He was a Visiting Scholar at the John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (2000-2002) and a Senior Associate at St. Antony’s College of Oxford University (2009-2011). In 2003, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Hebrew Union College. Mr. Harris is the author of seven books including The Jewish World, Entering a New Culture, and five volumes of In theTrenches – and co-author of an eighth, The Jokes of Oppression.

Hiroki Sugita
(Managing Senior Writer, Kyodo News)

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Mr. Sugita is currently Managing Senior Writer at Kyodo News. He joined Kyodo in 1980 after graduation from Hitotsubashi University and served as Tehran Bureau Chief (1991-92), New York Correspondent (1993-96), Washington Correspondent (1997-2001), Washington Bureau Chief (2005-09), and Senior Feature Writer and Editorial Writer (2010-13).  He frequently interviewed global leaders including Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russian federation(twice) and George W. Bush of the US. His current career also includes Planning Committee Member, Japan National Press Club; Special Fellow at Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University; Visiting Fellow at Institute for Policy and Cultural Studies, Chuo University; and Fellow at Institute for Okinawan Studies, Hosei University.
He is the author of “Kensho Hikaku no Sentaku” (Reviewing Japan’s decision to pursue non-nuclear weapon state) (Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten, 2005); “Samayoeru Nihon” (Drifting Japan) (Tokyo: Seisansei Shuppan, 2008); “Amerika wa Naze Kawarerunoka” (Why can the United States change? – reviewing the U.S. presidential election in 2008) (Tokyo: Chikuma Shobo, 2009); "Sekai ga Nihon no Koto wo Kangaeteiru" (The World is watching Japan – writing about interviews with nineteen world intellectuals on the earthquake-tsunami-nuclear accidents on March 11, 2011) (Tokyo: Taro Jiro sha, 2012).

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