Johns Hopkins SAIS expert available to discuss US-Japan relations as President Obama visits Hiroshima


As President Barack Obama prepares to take a historically symbolic trip to Hiroshima, Kent E. Calder, Director of the Center for East Asian Studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), is available to offer insight on how the visit will impact U.S.-Japan relations.

Dr. Calder, who lived in Japan for more than a decade, served as Special Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to Japan from 1997 to 2001. He has written three books related to U.S.-Japan security relations: Pacific Defense: Arms, Energy, and America's Future in Asia; Pacific Alliance: Reviving U.S.-Japan Relations; and Embattled Garrisons: Comparative Base Politics and American Globalism.

He is available to discuss:

  • What impact the visit will have on the credibility of the U.S.-Japan alliance?
  • Should Obama, in the Japanese view, apologize?
  • Will the visit significantly influence Japanese and world opinions about nuclear weapons?
  • What are the chances that Japan might go nuclear in the future, and does it have the capacity?
  • How has Hiroshima rebuilt itself as a modern city since 1945?
  • What do the Japanese expect the U.S. to do about North Korea's development of nuclear weapons?


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Wednesday, May 25, 2016