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Public Symposium

American Political Thought
in Trump Era


Photo of Walter Russell Mead and Julius Krein
Left: Walter Russell Mead
Right: Julius Krein

The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP), Aoyama Gakuin University and Study Group on New Currents in American Thought organize a public symposium featuring Professor Walter Russell Mead and Mr. Julius Krein.

The 2016 U.S. Presidential Election revealed divisions in various aspects of American society. What are the reactions in the political and journalistic arena in the U.S.? What kind of potential impact will these changes have on the path of U.S. foreign policy?

Prof. Walter Russell Mead, an established researcher who proposed the four traditional types of U.S. foreign policy in his book, and Mr. Julius Krein, the founding editor of the brand new conservative quarterly journal on public policy and political thought, will discuss American political trend in Trump era with Japanese experts.


Date & Time Friday, September 15, 2017 6:00 p.m.-8:00p.m. (Doors Open at 5:30p.m.)

Conference Room (12F), Research Institute Building,
Aoyama Gakuin University
4-4-25, Shibuya, Tokyo
(5-minute walk from Omotesando Station of Subway Ginza/Chiyoda/Hanzomon Lines)  accessmaps External link


English/Japanese with simultaneous interpretation

Walter Russell Mead (James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and Humanities, Bard College)
Julius Krein (Editor, American Affairs)
Toshihiro Nakayama (Professor, Faculty of Policy Management Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University)
Hirotsugu Aida (Professor, School of Global Studies and Collaboration, Aoyama Gakuin University)

R.S.V.P by e-mail with name, title, affiliation and e-mail address to by Wednesday, September 13.
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* Free Admission
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Walter Russell Mead: Panelist

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Walter Russell Mead is the James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and the Humanities at Bard College,and a Distinguished Scholar at the Hudson Institute. He was previously the Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. The author of God and Gold (2008), Professor Mead is a regular columnist at the Wall Street Journal and the United States book reviewer for Foreign Affairs. His next book, The Arc of A Covenant: The United States, Israel, and the Fate of the Jewish People will be published by Knopf later this year.

Julius Krein: Panelist

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Julius Krein is the editor of American Affairs, a new quarterly journal of political thought and policy founded in response to the 2016 election campaign. Before founding American Affairs, he was an investment analyst at several leading institutional asset managers, with a focus on natural resources and frontier and emerging markets. He is a graduate of Harvard College.

Toshihiro Nakayama: Discussant

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Toshihiro Nakayama is a Professor of American Politics and Foreign Policy at the Faculty of Policy Management at Keio University. He is also an Adjunct Fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs. He was a Special Correspondent for the Washington Post at the Far Eastern Bureau (1993-94), Special Assistant at the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations in New York (1996-98), Senior Research Fellow at The Japan Institute of International Affairs (2004-06), Associate Professor at Tsuda College (2006-10), and Professor at Aoyama Gakuin University (2010-14). He was also a CNAPS Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution (2005-06) and Sir Howard Kippenberger Chair (2017) at the Center for Strategic Studies, Victoria University in Wellington. He received his M.A.(1993) and Ph.D.(2001) from Aoyama Gakuin University. He has published two books and numerous articles on American politics, foreign policy and international relations. He appears regularly on Japanese media and writes a monthly column for Japan News (English daily of Yomiuri Shinbun). He is a recipient of Nakasone Yasuhiro Award (Incentive Award) in 2014.

Hirotsugu Aida: Moderator

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Hirotsugu (Hiro) Aida is currently Professor at Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo and Contributing Editorial Writer for Japan’s KYODO NEWS. He is also an editorial board member of The American Interest (Washington, D.C.) magazine; a visiting professor at Kansai University in Osaka; a research fellow at the Center for Interdisciplinary Study of Monotheistic Religions of Doshisha University in Kyoto. He was a guest lecturer at Sophia University’s undergraduate journalism course from 2008~2011. He also taught Modern American Politics at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies from 2006~07 as a guest lecturer.
From 2011~2013, he was KYODO’s Chief Editorial Writer as well as Chief Senior Writer; Kyodo’s Washington Bureau Chief, 2002~2005; Geneva bureau chief, 1993~1997, 1999~2000.
He authored in Japanese “Tsuiseki Amerika no Shisoka-tachi (In Pursuit of American Thinkers)” (Shincho-sha, 2008; revised edition Chuo-Koron, 2016), “Torannpu Gensho to Amrican Hoshu Shiso (The Trump Phenomenon and the American Conservative Thought” (Sayusha, 2016), “Senso-wo Hajimerunowa Dareka (Who Starts War?)” (Kodansha, 1994) and has been contributing many articles to such major Japanese magazines as Chuokoron and Foresight. He translated Francis Fukuyama’s “The Origins of Political Order” (2011) and “America at the Crossroads” (2006) into Japanese. He contributes regularly to The American Interest.
He was born in 1951, and graduated Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.

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