For its seventh Sasakawa USA Emerging Experts Delegation (SEED), Sasakawa USA has selected a group of eight D.C.-based experts from U.S. non-profit organizations dedicated to strengthening democratic institutions and norms around the world. Participants hail from Freedom House, International Republican Institute (IRI), the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), and National Democratic Institute (NDI), and represent a wide array of regional and functional expertise.
The delegation will participate in a week-long study trip from December 1-7, 2019, to explore how Japan’s foreign policy and overseas development assistance relate to democratization and democratic governance in Asia and beyond. This year’s program theme was chosen in the context of growing expectations for Japan to play a global leadership role to sustain a rules-based international order based on democratic values, and for the U.S.-Japan alliance to work towards the promotion of a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific.”
In conjunction with pre-trip briefings and post-trip publication and networking opportunities, the trip will aim to expose participants to Japanese approaches to the issue of strengthening worldwide democracy. It will also facilitate their understanding of Japanese domestic politics, economics affairs, and Japanese views on the current geopolitical environment. The trip will include a series of meetings in Tokyo with officials and practitioners in Japanese government, businesses, civil society, and academic institutions, as well as opportunities to travel outside of Tokyo to deepen their familiarity with Japanese society and culture.
2019 SEED Participants
Sefakor Ashiagbor, Senior Advisor, Political Party Programs, National Democratic Institute
Annie Wilcox Boyajian, Director of Advocacy, Freedom House
Chris Doten, Chief Innovation Officer, National Democratic Institute
Eunice Ha, Senior Program Manager, Asia, National Democratic Institute
Bridget Millman, Program Officer, Global Programs, National Endowment for Democracy
Bakhtiyor Nishanov, Regional Deputy Director, Eurasia, International Republican Institute
Paul Rothman, Project Manager, Center for International Media Assistance, National Endowment for Democracy
Jonathan Temin, Director, Africa Program, Freedom House