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Staff Dustin Hinkley

Dustin Hinkley

Associate Program Officer

Dustin Hinkley joined Sasakawa USA as an associate program officer in May 2023 after working as an intern since June 2022. His responsibilities include supporting the Japan-U.S. Military Program (JUMP) and the U.S.-Japan Security Forum.

Prior to joining Sasakawa USA, Dustin worked as an intern with the German Marshall Fund of the United States’s Indo-Pacific program, the Stimson Center’s Japan program, the Japan Society of Boston, and Congressman Jim McGovern. Hailing from Massachusetts, he holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, an associate’s degree in liberal arts from Massachusetts Bay Community College, and is pursuing a master’s degree in international affairs: United States foreign policy & national security from American University’s School of International Service focusing on the U.S.-Japan alliance and U.S. policy in the Indo-Pacific region.

Dustin has conducted research on Japan’s policy on Taiwan, European engagement in the Indo-Pacific, alliance management and extended deterrence in Northeast Asia, and the peace and security contributions of regional multilateral groupings like the Quad, NATO, and the Arctic Council.

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