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[Nitobe Kokusai Juku Public Lecture] The U.S. – Japan Alliance in the Asia-Pacific Region


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    • Lecturer: Robert D. Eldridge (Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff, Government and External Affairs (G-7), Marine Corps Installations Pacific/Marine Forces Japan)
    • Date: Saturday, August 8, 2015, 1:30-3:00 pm
    • Venue: Lecture Hall, International House of Japan
    • Language: Only available in Japanese (without English interpretation)
    • Admission: Free
    • Dr. Eldridge will talk about the wide-ranging issues Japan and the US face in the Asia-Pacific region, based on his vast experiences both as researcher and strategist in the US Marine Corps.
      Robert D. Eldridge (Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff, Government and External Affairs (G-7), Marine Corps Installations Pacific/Marine Forces Japan)
      Photo: Dr. Eldridge was born in New Jersey and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science at the Graduate School of Law, Kobe University, and his B.A. in International Relations, Cum Laude with High Departmental Honors, from Lynchburg College in Virginia. He has served on the boards of several professional and academic associations including the Asiatic Society of Japan, Pacific War Memorial Association, United Nations University Global Seminar Organizing Committee, and Okinawa Peace Assistance Center, and is an award-winning author of numerous works including the co-edited book Public Opinion in Japan and the War on Terrorism (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2008), and the author of four diplomatic histories including The Origins of the Bilateral Okinawa Problem: Okinawa in Postwar U.S.-Japan Relations, 1945-1952 (Routledge, 2001) and The Origins of U.S. Policy in the East China Sea Islands Dispute: Okinawa’s Reversion and the Senkaku Islands (Routledge, 2014), as well as contributing chapters to several dozen more works in English and Japanese. He was a research fellow at the Research Institute for Peace and Security and a Torii Fellow at the Suntory Foundation. In addition to being the political adviser to the forward-deployed command of U.S. forces during Operation Tomodachi in March 2011, he has served as an advisor to the Middle Army Headquarters of the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Forces and numerous U.S. and Japanese government entities, and has consulted for numerous media outlets in Japan, the United States, and the Asia-Pacific region. Currently, he is co-editing a book on the history of the Ground Self-Defense Forces, writing a book about university reform in Japan as well as one to be entitled The Essence of the “Okinawa Problem,” and working on a sequel to his first book on Okinawa to be entitled, The Road to Reversion: Okinawa in Postwar U.S.-Japan Relations, 1952-1972.