On March 24, Sasakawa USA hosted a luncheon book launch and discussion on the differing approaches taken by the United States and Japan to promoting democracy around the world, and the potential to leverage the work of both countries through cooperative projects and programs.
Article II of the U.S.-Japan security treaty calls for the two countries to “contribute toward the further development of peaceful and friendly international relations by strengthening their free institutions, by bringing about a better understanding of the principles upon which these institutions are founded, and by promoting conditions of stability and well-being.” Inherent in this formulation is the articulation of democracy as a crucial condition for creating international peace and prosperity. While the initial focus of the treaty was on ensuring continued democracy in Japan (and the United States), over time, a commitment to the support of liberal democracy more broadly came to underlay the commitment to “stability and well-being.”
This new book, edited by Misha Auslin of the American Enterprise Institute and Daniel Bob of Sasakawa USA, examines the state of democracy around the world, offers case studies of U.S. and Japanese democracy support, and provides practical recommendations on how the U.S. and Japan can leverage their distinct but complementary approaches to democracy promotion.
Sasakawa USA also hosted a book launch event in Tokyo in April 2017. For more details on that event click here.
Click here to download the full book.
Noon | Registration; books available at check-in
12:30 p.m. | Discussion: U.S.-Japan Approaches to Democracy Promotion
1:30 p.m. | Audience Q&A
2:00 p.m. | Close
• Misha Auslin, Resident Scholar & Director of Japan Studies, American Enterprise Institute
• Adm. Dennis Blair, Chairman, Sasakawa USA
• Daniel Bob, Sr. Fellow, Director of Programs, Sasakawa USA
• Larry Diamond, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
• Yasunobu Sato, Professor, University of Tokyo