Kent E. Calder

Kent E. Calder

Director of Asia Programs
Director of Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies
Asia Programs
Japan Studies
Korea Studies

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  • Energy Issues
  • Energy and Security
  • International Political Economy
  • Strategic and Security Issues
  • Japanese

Background and Education

Kent Calder serves as Director of Asia Programs and Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS in Washington, DC. Before arriving at Johns Hopkins SAIS in 2003, Dr. Calder taught for twenty years at Princeton University and four years at Harvard University. He also held visiting positions at Seoul National University, Yangon University, and the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang University as the Rajaratnam Professor of Strategic Studies. Dr. Calder has served as Special Advisor to the US Ambassador to Japan (1997-2001), Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (1989-1993 and 1996), and as the first Executive Director of Harvard University’s Program on US-Japan Relations from 1979-1980. A specialist in East Asian political economy, Dr. Calder has spent eleven years living and researching in Japan and four years elsewhere in East Asia. Dr. Calder received his PhD from Harvard University in 1979, where he worked under the direction of Edwin O. Reischauer. He was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon in the fall of 2014.
Dr. Calder’s most recent works include Circles of Compensation: Economic Growth and the Globalization of Japan (Stanford, 2017), Singapore: Smart City, Smart State (Brookings, 2016), Asia in Washington (Brookings, 2014), and The New Continentalism: Energy and Twenty-First Century Eurasian Geopolitics (Yale, 2012). He has also authored Embattled Garrisons: Comparative Base Politics and American Globalism (Princeton, 2007), co-authored The Making of Northeast Asia (Stanford, 2010), and co-edited East Asian Multilateralism (Johns Hopkins, 2008) with Francis Fukuyama. Among Dr. Calder’s major works on Japanese politics and public policy are Crisis and Compensation (Princeton, 1988) and Strategic Capitalism (Princeton, 1993). He has also written extensively on Asian energy geopolitics and US-Japan relations, including Pacific Alliance (Yale, 2009) and Pacific Defense (William Morrow, 1996). Dr. Calder’s first book, The East Asia Edge (Basic Books, 1982), co-authored with Roy Hofheinz, Jr.), was one of the early studies of comparative East Asian public policy, based on a seminar first co-taught with Hofheinz at Harvard in the fall of 1979.

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Fall 2017 
Surveys the dis...
Surveys the distinctive character of Asian energy security requirements, how they are changing over time, what political-economic forces are driving their transformation and what those requirements imply for broader economic and political-military relationships between Asia and the world. Gives special attention to Asia’s growing energy dependence on the Middle East and the extent to which Russia and alternate sources, including nuclear power, provide a feasible and acceptable alternative. Uses cross-national comparisons among the energy security policies of China, India, Japan, Korea and Western paradigms to explore distinctive features of Asian approaches to energy security.

09-05-2017 to 12-11-2017 | Th 02:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Fall 2017 
Introduction to...
Introduction to the political geography of the world’s most rapidly growing region, and how Asia’s global role is being transformed by economic expansion. Particular emphasis on inter-relationships among Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, and South Asia, in the context of China’s rise, as well as on strategic sea lanes that interconnect the nations of Asia. Includes comparative attention to domestic factors bearing on economic growth and foreign-policy patterns of Asian nations, including demography, governmental structure, and interest-group behavior.

09-05-2017 to 12-11-2017 | W 02:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Spring 2018 
The United Stat...
The United States, China, and Japan have the three largest economies in the world, and account among them for nearly half of global energy consumption, international trade, and CO2 emissions. The course explores their complicated triangular economic and security relations, while considering broader implications for world affairs.

Spring 2018 
Improved infras...
Improved infrastructure is a clear imperative for public policy in the United States, shared across the political spectrum. This course explores possible options for trans-Pacific cooperation in refurbishing US railways, pipelines, electric power grids, and other infrastructure, including financial, technical, and logistical dimensions. Concrete seminar-participant case studies are encouraged.