Research Areas

Overview

At the inter-section of diplomacy, security cooperation, & technology policy coordination, our dialogue and research activities focus on two overlapping lines of effort: 1) Technology & Innovation Connections; and Changing Foreign & Security Policy Challenges. Current NEXT Alliance areas of interest include:

  • Economic Security: For relevant publications, click here.
    (including telecommunications, export controls, and innovation)
  • Digital Transformation: For relevant publications, click here.
    (including data governance, digital currencies, and cyber security)
  • Defense Cooperation: For relevant publications, click here.
  • Foreign Policy: For relevant publications, click here.

Photo: Courtesy of US-Asia Institute “Japan 2022 Briefing Series,” April 2022

Upcoming Events (example)

Economic Security

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Digital Transformation

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Defense Cooperation

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Foreign Policy

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Past Events

Economic Security

May 14, 2024 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Mapping the Future of US-Japan Cybersecurity Cooperation: Post Summit Roadmap

On Tuesday May 14, 2024, the NEXT Alliance Initiative convened its fifth hybrid bilateral dialogue on hybrid bilateral dialogue on Mapping the Future of US-Japan Cybersecurity Cooperation. Senior Director Jim Schoff welcomed 20 American and Japanese specialists to the event from both governments, think tanks, and the private sector. Ms. Mihoko Matsubara, Chief Cybersecurity Strategist of NTT and M...

November 3, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Mapping the Future of US-Japan Cybersecurity Cooperation: Threat Hunting & Active Cyber Defense

On Friday November 3, 2023, the NEXT Alliance Initiative convened its fourth hybrid bilateral dialogue on the opportunity to enhance Japan-US cyber threat hunting collaboration and expanding Japan’s use of Active Cyber Defense (ACD). Senior Director Jim Schoff welcomed a dozen American and Japanese specialists to the event from both governments, think tanks, and the private sector. Ms. Mihoko Ma...

June 21, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Mapping the Future of US-Japan Cybersecurity Cooperation: Japan’s Pending Cybersecurity Reforms

On Wednesday June 21, 2023, NEXT Alliance Initiative convened a hybrid roundtable dialogue on Japan’s pending cybersecurity reforms. The event featured a presentation by Taro Hashimoto of CSIS and NTT, and a discussion on recent developments in national strategies, interagency coordination, active cyber defense, and information sharing. In attendance were government and industry stakeholders fro...

May 5, 2023 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am

China’s Emerging Economic Security ‘Retaliation’ and How to Coordinate Among Allies

On Friday May 5, 2023, the US-Japan NEXT Alliance Initiative convened a bilateral dialogue on China’s apparent economic security retaliation against the allies. The in-person event took advantage of the Washington visit by Japan’s former Economic Security Minister Takayuki Kobayashi, who was participating in the third annual Integrated Security Dialogue (ISD) organized by Sasakawa Peace Founda...

September 8, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Mapping the Future of US-Japan Cybersecurity Cooperation

The US-Japan NEXT Alliance Initiative hosted a bilateral dialogue on mapping the future of US-Japan Cybersecurity Cooperation. The in-person event welcomed around a dozen American and Japanese participants from government departments and think tanks.

Digital Transformation

May 14, 2024 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Mapping the Future of US-Japan Cybersecurity Cooperation: Post Summit Roadmap

On Tuesday May 14, 2024, the NEXT Alliance Initiative convened its fifth hybrid bilateral dialogue on hybrid bilateral dialogue on Mapping the Future of US-Japan Cybersecurity Cooperation. Senior Director Jim Schoff welcomed 20 American and Japanese specialists to the event from both governments, think tanks, and the private sector. Ms. Mihoko Matsubara, Chief Cybersecurity Strategist of NTT and M...

November 3, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Mapping the Future of US-Japan Cybersecurity Cooperation: Threat Hunting & Active Cyber Defense

On Friday November 3, 2023, the NEXT Alliance Initiative convened its fourth hybrid bilateral dialogue on the opportunity to enhance Japan-US cyber threat hunting collaboration and expanding Japan’s use of Active Cyber Defense (ACD). Senior Director Jim Schoff welcomed a dozen American and Japanese specialists to the event from both governments, think tanks, and the private sector. Ms. Mihoko Ma...

June 21, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Mapping the Future of US-Japan Cybersecurity Cooperation: Japan’s Pending Cybersecurity Reforms

On Wednesday June 21, 2023, NEXT Alliance Initiative convened a hybrid roundtable dialogue on Japan’s pending cybersecurity reforms. The event featured a presentation by Taro Hashimoto of CSIS and NTT, and a discussion on recent developments in national strategies, interagency coordination, active cyber defense, and information sharing. In attendance were government and industry stakeholders fro...

September 20, 2022 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am

US-Japan Deterrence in the New Domains

On September 20, 2022, the US-Japan NEXT Alliance Initiative held a bilateral dialogue to discuss deterrence prospects in the space, cyber, and electromagnetic domains. The event took advantage of the Washington visit by Sasakawa Peace Foundation project members, Mr. Sugio Takahashi (Head of Defense Policy Division at Japan’s National Institute for Defense Studies) and Mr. Junichi Fukuda (Sr. Re...

September 8, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Mapping the Future of US-Japan Cybersecurity Cooperation

The US-Japan NEXT Alliance Initiative hosted a bilateral dialogue on mapping the future of US-Japan Cybersecurity Cooperation. The in-person event welcomed around a dozen American and Japanese participants from government departments and think tanks.

Defense Cooperation

December 13, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

US-Japan Task Force on Command Relationships for New Challenges (Recommendations Review)

On Wednesday, December 13, 2023 the US-Japan NEXT Alliance Initiative hosted a virtual bilateral dialogue on “US-Japan Command Relationships for New Challenges.” The dialogue built upon group discussion at the NEXT Alliance Conferences (NAC) held in March in Tokyo and October in Annapolis.

May 18, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

US-Japan Task Force on Command Relationships for New Challenges (Session 4)

On Thursday May 18, 2023, NEXT Alliance Initiative convened a roundtable dialogue on command relationships for new challenges facing the US-Japan alliance. The event featured senior fellow at CSIS and NAC participant John Schaus, who authored a paper after the conference highlighting his thoughts on the urgent alliance venture and the US approach to bilateral planning. The discussion delved into M...

December 21, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Bilateral US-Japan Task Force on Command Relationships for New Challenges

On Wednesday, December 21, 2022, the US-Japan NEXT Alliance Initiative hosted its first bilateral US-Japan task force on command relationships for new challenges. The focus was on Japan's new National Defense Strategy, implications for future alliance security cooperation, and options for more integrated planning and operational activities. This event is part of a longer-term series of mostly bila...

September 20, 2022 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am

US-Japan Deterrence in the New Domains

On September 20, 2022, the US-Japan NEXT Alliance Initiative held a bilateral dialogue to discuss deterrence prospects in the space, cyber, and electromagnetic domains. The event took advantage of the Washington visit by Sasakawa Peace Foundation project members, Mr. Sugio Takahashi (Head of Defense Policy Division at Japan’s National Institute for Defense Studies) and Mr. Junichi Fukuda (Sr. Re...

February 10, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

Alliance Options for Responding to a Taiwan Crisis

US-Japan NEXT Alliance Initiative held a bilateral dialogue focusing on alliance options for responding to a potential Taiwan crisis. This not-for-attribution event welcomed around 15 American and Japanese experts from government agencies, think tanks, universities, and involved former government officials and military officers.

Foreign Policy

March 13, 2024 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Keio University PhD Candidate Roundtable

On Wednesday, March 13, 2024, the US-Japan NEXT Alliance Initiative hosted a group of PhD candidates and their academic advisors from Keio University for a roundtable on their research topics. Together with Sasakawa USA President Satohiro Akimoto and Sr. Director Jim Schof, along with Professor Andrew Oros of Washington College, the group discussed each dissertation topic in turn, considered vario...

October 13, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Fostering Democracy in Southeast Asia: Emerging Challenges

On Thursday, October 13, 2022, the US-Japan NEXT Alliance Initiative hosted a bilateral dialogue on fostering democracy in Southeast Asia. This event took advantage of the Washington visit by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Senior Vice President Keiichiro Nakazawa, who shared his views on Southeast Asia democratization, ensuring a free and open Indo-Pacific, and recent US policies an...

May 3, 2022 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am

Countering PRC Economic Coercion: An Exploratory US-Japan Dialogue

US-Japan NEXT Alliance Initiative convened a bilateral dialogue on an emerging area of alliance interest: countering economic coercion measures applied by the People’s Republic of China against third countries. The group considered ways in which the US and Japan could help support third countries that were being targeted by Chinese economic coercion tactics and what kinds of policy tools might b...

March 11, 2022 @ 7:00 am - 10:00 pm

Strategies for Submarine Cable Networks in the Indo-Pacific

US-Japan NEXT Alliance Initiative convened a private hybrid minilateral submarine cable strategy dialogue, addressing questions on risk mitigation for submarine cable networks, financing and the development of important emerging technologies and strategies for the Indo-Pacific region.

February 10, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

Alliance Options for Responding to a Taiwan Crisis

US-Japan NEXT Alliance Initiative held a bilateral dialogue focusing on alliance options for responding to a potential Taiwan crisis. This not-for-attribution event welcomed around 15 American and Japanese experts from government agencies, think tanks, universities, and involved former government officials and military officers.

Publications

Economic Security

Economic Security

Within this broad and complex research area, the NEXT Alliance Initiative emphasizes issues contained within the US-Japan Competitiveness and Resilience (CoRe) Partnership and the agenda of the US-Japan Economic Policy Consultative Committee (EPCC or Economic 2+2). This includes telecommunications, export controls, supply chain resiliency, and fostering science and technology innovation.

Digital Transformation

Digital Transformation

Our work covers a wide range of interconnected challenges facing the alliance as policy makers adapt to how an ongoing digital revolution impacts the economy, society, and international relations more generally. The NEXT Alliance Initiative is particularly focused on data governance, cyber security, and digital currency issues; how each country is approaching them, and how policy coordination can be improved.

Defense Cooperation

Defense Cooperation

Defense cooperation is a central pillar of the US-Japan alliance, but it is changing in important ways in response to dynamic challenges from N. Korea, China, and Russia, as well as to the introduction of new technologies that make more integrated security cooperation feasible. The NEXT Alliance pays close attention to the way that roles, missions, capabilities, and command relationships may change as a result.

Foreign Policy

Foreign Policy

Foreign policy is a traditional area of alliance cooperation, but it too is changing as globalization recedes, economic security concerns increase, and global threats from climate change and pandemics put new strain on international relations. Our focus here is to support thoughtful and effective policy coordination amid growing complexity, not necessarily any specific foreign policy or to develop an identical policy.

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