Kent E. Calder

Kent E. Calder

Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs and International Research Cooperation
Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies
Asia Programs
Japan 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 Vice Dean of Faculty Affairs and International Research Cooperation and Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies. Before arriving at Johns Hopkins SAIS in 2003, Calder taught for 20 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 11 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.

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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.
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.
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.