Erim M. Gulum is the Program Assistant of the U.S.-Japan NEXT Alliance Initiative at Sasakawa USA. As assistant to Mr. James Schoff, Erim handles both programming and research for the NEXT Alliance Initiative. As the geostrategic environment around Japan grows ever more complex, all initiative tasks, projects and research are dedicated to further strengthening the U.S.-Japan alliance.

Erim is a recent graduate of UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS) where he obtained his master’s in International Affairs with a focus on Japan and International Politics. While at GPS, Erim served as president of the school’s Japan-focus society, Asameshikai. As president, his primary focus was on program development and fostering cross-cultural relations amongst the school’s Japanese nationals and the non-Japanese Asameshikai students. During the summer of 2020, Erim interned at the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command’s Environmental Security Program.

Prior to graduate school Erim was an assistant language teacher (ALT) for the JET Program and worked for the City of Kitakyushu from 2016-2018. He credits his time on JET as integral to his change of focus from education to international relations, specifically dedicated to the U.S.-Japan alliance.

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