Non Resident Scholars/Visiting Fellows

Erik Jacobs

Erik Jacobs

Non-Resident Scholar (Jun 2023 - Present)

Erik M. Jacobs joined Sasakawa USA as a Non-Resident Scholar for the US-Japan NEXT Alliance Initiative in June 2023. He will provide research and analysis on technology, foreign policy, and national security challenges facing the United States and Japan, as well as policy coordination across the private and public sectors on issues such as supply chain security.

Jacobs is an experienced Indo-Pacific security and technology professional who served as a Policy Advisor in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) from 2018 until 2020 and as the Policy Coordinator for the US Department of Energy (DOE) from 2020 until 2021. At OSTP, he led the coordination of the ministerial-level 14th Joint High-Level Committee Meeting on Science and Technology Cooperation between the US and Japan, advised and briefed Senate-confirmed officials on foreign investment and acquisition of American technologies as a part of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), and supported the rollout of the US Chief Technology Officer’s American Artificial Intelligence Initiative, and staffed two official Vice Presidential visits to Japan.

Jacobs is a JET Program Alumni (Hyogo, 2013-2016) and has published extensively on U.S.-Japan science and technology relations, including an upcoming book chapter on US-Japan science and technology relations in the 1960s. He is a nonresident fellow with the Global Taiwan Institute and holds an M.A. in Asian Studies from Georgetown University and a B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in Japanese from Temple University.


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