Mackenzie Weinger, Policy Editor for the National Journal, was one of eight rising U.S. journalists covering U.S. national security and defense issues who participated in a week-long study trip to Japan in December 2018 as part of the Sasakawa USA Emerging Experts Delegation (SEED) program. Weinger published “Why Japan Will Spend Billions on F-35s” in the National Journal on December 19, 2018.
On December 13, Lieutenant General Wallace “Chip” Gregson (USMC, ret.), Senior Advisor at Avascent Global Advisors, spoke at the Sasakawa USA Policy Lunch Series event “Changes on the Korean Peninsula: Moon and Kim – Who Leads this Dance?” This lunch discussion was moderated by Sasakawa USA CEO Ambassador James Zumwalt.
Tabletop Exercise Pacific Trident II Report Launch and Panel Discussion: Testing U.S.-Japan and U.S.-ROK Responses to North Korean Provocations
Sasakawa USA held a December 6 panel discussion on its recently executed Exercise Pacific Trident II. Exercise Pacific Trident II was an unclassified tabletop exercise designed to test the policy, diplomatic, and military responses of the United States, Japan, and South Korea to North Korean sanction evasion activities and signs of internal instability. The event was held from 2-3:30 p.m. December 6 in the Crystal Room at the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, DC.
On October 25, 2018, Sasakawa USA hosted the Honorable Sharon Burke, Senior Advisor and Director of the Research Security Program at New America, at a luncheon to discuss her recently published paper “Strength Through Peace: Japan in the 21st Century Competitive Sphere.” The luncheon was held as part of Sasakawa USA’s Alumni Program and the paper is a culmination of Burke’s research from her travels to Japan in February 2018 for Sasakawa USA’s In-Depth Alumni Research Trip.