As part of efforts to engage the Washington policymaker community, on February 27 Sasakawa USA hosted a private luncheon with Dr. Akihiro Iwashita, Professor at the Slavic-Eurasian Research Center at Hokkaido University, and Professor at the Center for Asia-Pacific Future Studies at, Kyushu University. The luncheon was moderated by Dr. Jeffrey Hornung, Fellow for Security and Foreign Affairs at Sasakawa USA. Dr. Iwashita spoke in-depth about last year’s Abe-Putin Summit in Yamaguchi and its results, and the future of the Russo-Japan relationship. The event was an opportunity to engage in a candid exchange of views with one of the most renowned Russia expert in Japan on the summit and our relations with Russia.
Dr. Akihiro Iwashita is a Professor at the Slavic-Eurasian Research Center at Hokkaido University and a Professor at the Center for Asia-Pacific Future Studies at Kyushu University. His field specializations are in Russian foreign policy and Sino-Russian relations.
Between 2007 and 2008, Professor Iwashita was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Brookings Institution Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies. In 2006, he received the Osaragi Jiro Prize for Commentary, and in 2007 he received an award from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.