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2020 JASNC Speaker Series in the Triangle

Securing Freedom and Liberty in the Pacific;

Japan and the US - Geostrategic Challenges in Asia

Date: February 3, 2020, Monday

Time: Noon - 3 pm

Place: The Umstead Hotel - 100 Woodland Pond Dr. Cary, NC

Admission: $20 for JASNC Members, $25 for Non-Members and   

                 Student $10    *Lunch will be provided.

Join us for the Japan-America Society of North Carolina's Speaker’s Series. We are honored to present our Speaker’s Series to you with our presenters.  The event will be hosted by JASNC and generously supported by National Association of Japan-America Societies and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation.

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Our presenters are Mr. Richard Fontaine, the Chief Executive Officer of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) Prior to CNAS who was a foreign policy advisor to Senator John McCain and worked at the State Department, the National Security Council, and on the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Dr. Ryo Sahashi, an Associate Professor of International Relations, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, the University of Tokyo. Concurrently, he is an Associate Professor, Institute for Future Initiatives, the University of Tokyo.  Mr. Fontaine and Dr. Sahashi will discuss the geostrategic challenges the US and Japan face in Asia. The session will be moderated by Peter Kelley of the National Association of Japan-America Societies.

The U.S.-Japan alliance has long been an anchor of the U.S. security role in Asia and contributes to peace and prosperity in the region. Forged in the late 1940s, the alliance provides a platform for U.S. military readiness in the Pacific. About 54,000 U.S. troops (many from North Carolina) are stationed in Japan and have the exclusive use of 85 facilities. In exchange for the use of these bases, the United States guarantees Japan’s security.  This unique panel will examine the current state of this alliance, anticipate future opportunities and challenges, and discuss the greater geopolitical situation in Asia.  The 3 hour program, inclusive of lunch, features guest speakers from Tokyo University and the Center for New American Security, moderated by the Executive Director of the National Association of Japan-America Societies.  Although global security is everyone’s business, in a state where the military accounts for about 10% of our economic activity, supporting 540,000 jobs, this conversation is especially pertinent.   


  • Advance registration required.  The seating is limited. Please register early.

  • Parking is free.

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