The U.S.-Japan-ROK Strategic Triangle and Maritime Security

Building Capacity in Northeast Asia and in the Broader Indo-Pacific Region

A Trilateral Dialogue Workshop

June 17, 2016

Washington, D.C.

Commentator and Moderator Biographies

Dr. Kang Choiis Vice President for Research and Director of the Center for Foreign Policy and National Security at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies.  Previously, he was Dean of Planning and Assessment at the Korea National Diplomatic Academy as well as Professor and Director-General for American Studies at the Institute for Foreign Affairs and National Security (IFANS) in Seoul, South Korea.  Prior to 2008, Dr. Choi was Research Fellow at the Korea Institute for Defense Analyses (KIDA) and Senior Director for Policy Planning and Coordination on the National Security Council Secretariat.  He holds advisory board memberships in several organizations including the South Korean National Assembly’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Unification; the Ministry of National Defense; the Ministry of Unification; the Air Force Development Committee; and the National Unification Advisory Council.  Dr. Choi was also a South Korean delegate to the Four-Party Talks.  He writes extensively on topics concerning the U.S.-ROK alliance, North Korean military affairs, inter-Korean relations, crisis management, and multilateral security cooperation.  Dr. Choi received his B.A. degree from Kyunghee University, an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his Ph.D. in political science from Ohio State University.

Dr. Patrick Cronin is Senior Advisor and Senior Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS).  Previously, he was Senior Director of the Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) at the National Defense University where he simultaneously oversaw the Center for the Study of Chinese Military Affairs.  Prior to leading INSS, Dr. Cronin served as Director of Studies at the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).  While there, he also served as Editor of the Adelphi Papers and was Executive Director of the Armed Conflict Database.  Before joining IISS, Dr. Cronin was Senior Vice President and Director of Research at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). In 2001, he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as Assistant Administrator for Policy and Program Coordination at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).  From 1998 until 2001, Dr. Cronin worked as Director of Research at the U.S. Institute of Peace.  Prior to that, he spent seven years at the National Defense University, first arriving at INSS in 1990 as a Senior Research Professor covering Asian and long-range security issues.  Dr. Cronin has taught at Georgetown University, The Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Virginia, and he regularly publishes essays in leading publications and frequently conducts television and radio interviews.  Dr. Cronin received both his M.Phil. and D.Phil. degrees in International Relations from St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford, and graduated with high honors from the University of Florida.

Mr. Abraham M. Denmark is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia, where he supports the Secretary of Defense and other senior U.S. government leaders in the formulation and implementation of defense policy for China, Japan, Mongolia, North and South Korea, and Taiwan.  Previous positions include Senior Vice President for Political and Security Affairs at The National Bureau of Asian Research, Fellow at the Center for a New American Security, and several positions within the U.S. government.  He has authored numerous reports and edited several books on geopolitical dynamics in the Asia-Pacific, and has been featured in major media outlets in the United States and across Asia.  Mr. Denmark was named a 21st Century Leader by the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, and received an Award for Excellence from the Office of the Secretary of Defense in 2009.  He studied history and political science at the University of Northern Colorado, and earned a master's degree in international security from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.  He has also studied at China's Foreign Affairs College and Peking University.

Dr. Michael J. Green is the Senior Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the Chair of Modern and Contemporary Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.  Dr. Green is also a non-resident fellow at the Lowy Institute in Sydney and a Distinguished Scholar at the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation in Tokyo.  He served on the staff of the National Security Council from 2001 through 2005, first as Director for Asian Affairs with responsibility for Japan, Korea, Australia, and New Zealand, and then as the Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Senior Director for Asia with responsibility for East Asia and South Asia.  Previously, Dr. Green was the Senior Fellow for East Asian Security at the Council on Foreign Relations, the Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center and the Foreign Policy Institute, an assistant professor at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, a Research Staff Member at the Institute for Defense Analyses, and a Senior Adviser on Asia in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.  He has authored numerous books and articles on East Asian security; his current research includes a book project on the history of U.S. strategy in Asia; a survey of elite views of norms, power, and regional institutions in Asia; and a monograph on Japanese strategic culture.  Dr. Green holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Kenyon College, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from SAIS at Johns Hopkins University.  He also completed additional graduate and postgraduate research at Tokyo University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. James Holmes is Professor of Strategy at the Naval War College and Senior Fellow at the University of Georgia’s School of Public and International Affairs.  He is a former U.S. Navy surface warfare officer and combat veteran of the first Gulf War.  Previously, Dr. Holmes has been a Visiting Scholar at National Chengchi University in Taiwan and the Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses in India.  He has also testified before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission and has published over 25 book chapters and 150 scholarly essays, along with hundreds of opinion columns, think-tank analyses, and other works.  His most recent books include Strategy in the Second Nuclear Age and Red Star over the Pacific, which has been named to the Navy Professional Reading List as essential reading.  He wrote as the NavalDiplomat in The Diplomat magazinefrom 2012 to 2015, and is an occasional contributor to Foreign Policy, The National Interest, War on the Rocks, CNN, and the U.S. Naval Institute’s Proceedings magazine.  From 2001 to 2007, he was the staff foreign affairs columnist for the Athens (Georgia) Banner-Herald.  Dr. Holmes received a B.A. in mathematics and German from Vanderbilt University and completed graduate work at Salve Regina University (M.A., international relations) and Providence College (M.A., mathematics).  He holds an M.A. in law and diplomacy and a Ph.D. in international affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Dr. Ken Jimbo is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Policy Management at Keio University.  He is concurrently a Senior Research Fellow at the Canon Institute for Global Studies (CIGS) and the Tokyo Foundation.  He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Civic Force, a Visiting Fellow at the Genron NPO, and a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). His main research fields are international security, Japan-U.S. security relations, Japanese foreign and defense policy, multilateral security in Asia-Pacific, and regionalism in East Asia.  He has been a policy advisor for various Japanese governmental commissions and research groups including at the Cabinet Office, the Ministry of Defense, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  His recent books and articles include "US Rebalancing to the Asia-Pacific: A Japanese Perspective,” in William Tow and Douglas Stuart, eds., The New US Strategy towards Asia: Adapting to the American Pivot (London: Routledge, 2015); Ken Jimbo, ed., Regional Security Architecture in the Asia-Pacific, Tokyo Foundation (2010) (in Japanese: Ajia Taiheiyo no Chiiki Anzen Hosho Ahkitekucha).

Dr. Jina Kim is an Associate Research Fellow at the Korea Institute for Defense Analyses (KIDA).  Her research areas include U.S.-North Korea relations, nuclear nonproliferation, and Northeast Asian security.  In addition, she provides advice on security issues and inter-Korean relations to the ROK Ministry of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  Dr. Kim has also taught seminars on humanitarian intervention at Yonsei University and on nuclear nonproliferation at Tufts University.  Previously, she worked for the South Korean National Assembly, UNESCO, and the BBC.  Her recent publications include “Dynamics of the UN Human Rights Mechanism and Implications of the UNGA Resolution on the Situation of Human Rights in North Korea” in Defense Policy Study (2015); “UN Sanctions As an Instrument of Coercive Diplomacy against North Korea,” in Korean Journal of Defense Analysis (2014); The North Korean Nuclear Weapons Crisis (2014); “U.S. Rebalancing toward Asia Revisited: Implications for U.S.-China Competition,” in Maritime Security and Governance (2014); “Sources and Objectives of DPRK Foreign Policy,” in The North Korea Crisis and Regional Responses (2014); and “An Analysis of Political Instability in the DPRK: Identity, Interest, and Leader-Elite Relations,” in Korean Journal of Defense Analysis (2013).  Dr. Kim holds a Ph.D. in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Ambassador Sung Kim is the Special Representative for North Korea Policy and the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Korea and Japan at the U.S. Department of State.  From 2011 until 2014, Ambassador Kim was the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea and also served as the Special Envoy for the Six-Party Talks.  He previously headed the Office of Korean Affairs at the Department of State from 2006 until 2008, and served in a variety of positions in the East Asia and Pacific region including assignments in Seoul, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, and Hong Kong.  Domestically, Ambassador Kim has served as a desk officer in the State Department’s Office of Chinese Affairs and as Staff Assistant in the Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs.  Before joining the Foreign Service, he worked as a public prosecutor in the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.  Ambassador Kim holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a J.D. from Loyola University, and a master of laws degree from the London School of Economics.

Dr. Sung Han Kim is a Professor of international relations at the Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS) and director of the Ilmin International Relations Institute at Korea University.  He is also the President of the Korean National Committee of the Council on Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP).  Dr. Kim served as a Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MOFAT) from 2012 to 2013.  From 1994 to 2007 he was a Professor at MOFAT’s Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security (IFANS). He has also served as Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on WMD, Vice President of the Korean Association of International Studies, President of the Korean Association of American Politics (KAAP), and Chairman of the Vision Council for the ROK-U.S. Security Policy Initiative.  After the North Korean military attack to the Cheonan naval corvette in March 2010, he served as a member of the Presidential Commission for National Security Review and the Presidential Commission for Defense Reform.  His recent articles in scholarly journals include “From Blood Alliance to Strategic Alliance,” “The End of Humanitarian Intervention?” and “The Day After: ROK-U.S. Cooperation for Korean Unification.”  Dr. Kim holds a B.A. in English literature and an M.A. in political science and international relations from Korea University and a Ph.D. in politics from the University of Texas at Austin.

Mr. Tetsuo Kotani is a Senior Fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA).  He also lectures at Hosei University and the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) Command and Staff College in Tokyo, Japan.  In addition, Mr. Kotani works as Non-resident Senior Research Fellow at the Research Institute for Peace and Security (RIPS) in Tokyo and as International Advisor to the Project 2049 Institute in Arlington, VA.  Previously, he was a Visiting Scholar in the Japan Chair program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).  His research focuses on the U.S.-Japan alliance and maritime security.  Mr. Kotani received a security studies fellowship from RIPS for 2006–2008, and he won the 2003 Japanese Defense Minister Prize.  He has published numerous articles in English and Japanese, and his recent English language publications include “U.S.-Japan Joint Maritime Strategy: Balancing the Rise of Maritime China” (CSIS, March 2014).  He is currently preparing his first book on maritime security.  Mr. Kotani received a Master of Arts degree from Doshisha University.

Dr. Chung Min Lee is a Professor of International Relations at the Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS), a Non-resident Senior Associate in the Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and a member of the council of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).  Dr. Lee served as the Ambassador for National Security Affairs in the Park Geun-hye administration from 2013 to 2016.  From 2010 to 2011, he served as Ambassador for International Security Affairs, and from 2009 to 2011, he was a member of the President’s Foreign Policy Advisory Council.  Dr. Lee has taught at the Graduate Research Institute for Policy Studies in Tokyo, Japan, at the University of Sydney and Murdoch University in Australia, and at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.  He was a Policy Analyst at the RAND Corporation from 1995 to 1998 and a Visiting Research Fellow at the National Institute for Defense Studies in Tokyo from 1994 to 1995.  His research interests include international security, WMD proliferation, crisis management, national security policy planning, and intelligence estimates, and he specializes in security issues in Northeast Asia, including strategic developments on the Korean Peninsula.  Dr. Lee is the author of Fault Lines in a Rising Asia (2016) and previously co-edited an earlier volume with T.J. Pempel, Security Cooperation in Northeast Asia: Architecture and Beyond (2012).  He received a B.A. degree from Yonsei University and his MALD and Ph.D. degrees from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Rear Admiral Michael McDevitt, USN (Ret.) is a Senior Fellow at the CNA Corporation, a Washington, D.C.-area nonprofit research and analysis company.  RADM McDevitt has been involved in U.S. security policy and strategy in the Asia-Pacific for the last twenty-five years in both government policy positions and, following his retirement from the U.S. Navy, as an analyst and commentator.  During his thirty-four-year Navy career he had four commands at sea including an aircraft carrier battle group.  His last assignment before retirement was as Commandant of the National War College in Washington, D.C.  RADM McDevitt holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and a M.A. in American diplomatic history from Georgetown University.  He also attended the National War College and spent a year as a Chief of Naval Operations Fellow on the Strategic Study Group based at the U.S. Naval War College. 

Dr. Narushige “Michi” Michishita is the Japan Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. and a Professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Tokyo.  Dr. Michishita previously served as a Senior Research Fellow at the National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS) in the Japanese Ministry of Defense and as Assistant Counselor at the Cabinet Secretariat for Security and Crisis Management of the Government of Japan.  He is a specialist in Japanese security and foreign policy and in security issues in the Korean Peninsula.  Recent publications include “Changing Security Relationship between Japan and South Korea: Frictions and Hopes” (Asia-Pacific Review, 2014), “Changing Military Strategies and the Future of the U.S. Marine Presence in Asia” (Okinawa Prefectural Government 2013), and “Japan’s Response to Nuclear North Korea” (Korea Economic Institute 2012).  He is also the author of North Korea’s Military-Diplomatic Campaigns, 1966–2008 (Routledge 2009).  Dr. Michishita holds a B.A. in international relations from the University of Tsukuba, an M.A. in international relations and international economics and a Ph.D. in international relations (Asian Studies) from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

The Honorable Masanori Nishi is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Japan Chair of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C., a position he has held since 2016.  He focuses on the U.S.-Japan alliance and security cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region.  Previously, he enjoyed a thirty-five-year career in Japan’s Ministry of Defense.  Most recently, Mr. Nishi served as the Administrative Vice Minister from April 2013 until October 2015.  In this position, he was the highest-ranking national civil servant in the Ministry and he coordinated defense policy directly with the Minister of Defense.  Mr. Nishi holds a bachelor of laws degree from the University of Tokyo and a master’s degree from the University of Oxford.

Dr. Charles Perry is Vice President and Director of Studies at the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis (IFPA).  He has written extensively on a variety of national and international security issues especially with respect to U.S. defense policy and homeland security, regional security dynamics, alliance relations, civil-military coordination, and nonproliferation.  Principal areas of current research and analysis include strategic dynamics in the Asia-Pacific region, future defense priorities for NATO, security developments in the Arctic region, and U.S. global force posture requirements in the post-9/11 security setting.  Recent publications of note include Managing the Global Impact of America’s Rebalance to Asia (2014); New Strategic Dynamics in the Arctic Region: Implications for National Security and International Collaboration (2012); A Comprehensive Approach to Combating Illicit Trafficking (2010); Finding the Right Mix: Disaster Diplomacy, National Security, and International Cooperation (2009); and Nuclear Matters in North Korea: Building a Multilateral Response for Future Stability in Northeast Asia (2008).  Dr. Perry holds a B.A. in history from Middlebury College, and an M.A. in international affairs, an M.A. in law and diplomacy, and a Ph.D. in international politics from The Fletcher School at Tufts University.

Mr. Evans J.R. Revere is a Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Center for East Asia Policy Studies.  He is also a Senior Advisor with the Albright Stonebridge Group, where he advises U.S. clients with a special focus on Korea, Japan, and China.  Prior to this, Mr. Revere taught at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs from 2010 to 2011, and was the President and C.E.O. of the Korea Society where he organized the historic 2008 concert in Pyongyang with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.  Until 2007, Mr. Revere served as a diplomat and one of the top Asia experts in the State Department, winning numerous awards.  His diplomatic career includes positions as the Acting Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Director of the State Department’s offices managing relations with Korea and Japan, and posts at the U.S. Embassies in Beijing, Seoul, Tokyo, and Wellington.  Mr. Revere was a leader of the State Department’s response to the December 2004 tsunami disaster in Indonesia.  He also served as the Cyrus Vance Fellow in Diplomatic Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations where he directed a task force on U.S.-China relations.  Mr. Revere is a graduate of Princeton University, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Mr. James Schoff is Senior Associate in the Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.  His research focuses on U.S.-Japanese relations and regional engagement, Japanese politics and security, and the private sector’s role in Japanese policymaking.  Previously, Mr. Schoff served as Senior Adviser for East Asia Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where he was responsible for strategic planning and policy development for relations with Japan and the Republic of Korea.  He also spearheaded trilateral initiatives and regional security cooperation issues including missile defense, disaster relief, and maritime security, and was subsequently awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service.  From 2003 to 2010, Mr. Schoff directed Asia-Pacific studies at IFPA in Cambridge, Massachusetts where he specialized in East Asian security issues, U.S. alliance relations in the region, and nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction focusing on North Korea.  Prior to joining IFPA, he served as Program Officer in charge of policy studies at the United States-Japan Foundation in New York.  Mr. Schoff has authored a number of publications on East Asian security and foreign policy issues, including In Times of Crisis: U.S.-Japan Civil-Military Disaster Relief Coordination (2009), and Tools for Trilateralism: Improving U.S.-Japan-Korea Cooperation to Manage Complex Contingencies (2005), among others.  He holds a B.A degree from Duke University and an M.A. in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University.

Captain (Dr.) Takuya Shimodaira, JMSDF is the first JMSDF Liaison Officer and Visiting Military Professor in the Joint Military Operations Department and the International Programs Department of the U.S. Naval War College.  Previously, Captain Shimodaira was a Senior Instructor and Director of the Education Management Division with JMSDF Command and Staff College in Tokyo.  After graduating from the National Defense Academy in 1989, he was commissioned as a Surface Warfare Officer subsequently serving onboard a number of destroyers including command of JS Ishikari (DE226).  He took part in RIMPAC 2010 when the JMSDF joined the multilateral exercise for the first time and served as Chief of Staff of Escort Flotilla One during Operation Tomodachi.  His research focuses on conflict termination and non-traditional security issues including foreign humanitarian assistance/disaster response and counter-piracy.  He has published articles in Kaikankosenryakukenkyu [JMSDF Command and Staff College Review], U.S. Naval War College Review, USNI Proceedings magazine, Kaigaijijou [Foreign Affairs in Takushoku University], Kikikanri [Crisis & Risk Management], and Senrakukenkyu [Strategic Studies].  His chapter contributions have appeared in such books as Chinese Sea Power (Sotosha 2014) and Political Leaders in the Developing Countries (Minerva 2005).  Captain Shimodaira holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the National Defense Academy of Japan, an M.A. in area studies (East Asia: China) from the University of Tsukuba, and a Ph.D. in political science from the Kokushikan University in Tokyo.  He has also completed the Command and Staff Course and Advanced Course at the JMSDF Command and Staff College and the Joint Advanced Course at the Joint Staff College.

Dr. Beom-chul Shin is Director-General for Policy Planning at the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  He has held this post since 2013.  Before joining the Ministry, Dr. Shin was Head of the North Korean Military Studies Research Division at the Korea Institute for Defense Analyses (KIDA).  From 2009 to 2010, he worked closely with the Minister of National Defense of Korea as Senior Policy Advisor. He has also served in many advisory positions in government, including at the South Korean National Security Council, the Office of the President, and the National Assembly’s Foreign Affairs and Unification Committee.  He is currently a member of the Board of Directors at the Korean Society of International Law.  Dr. Shin has published a number of articles on the U.S.-Korea alliance and Northeast Asian politics and security, and is also the author of several books on law and security, including North Korean Military: A Secret Report (2013) and International Law and the Use of Force (2008).  Dr. Shin received his B.A. degree from Chungnam National University and completed his graduate studies at the Seoul National University School of Law.  He received his J.S.D. (doctor of judicial science) from Georgetown University’s Law Center in 2007.

The Honorable Hideshi Tokuchi is a Senior Research Advisor at the Institute for International Policy Studies, a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of International Relations at Sophia University, and a Senior Fellow at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS).  Until 2015, Mr. Tokuchi worked at the Japanese Ministry of Defense, most recently as the first Vice-Minister of Defense for International Affairs, from July 2014 until October 2015.  During his thirty-six-year tenure at the Ministry of Defense, Mr. Tokuchi focused on Japan-U.S. defense cooperation, security-related legislation, defense buildup programs, and operations of the Japanese Defense Forces.  He served as the Director-General of several bureaus including Operations; Personnel and Education; Finance and Equipment; and Defense Policy.  In addition, Mr. Tokuchi also taught National Security Policy at GRIPS in Tokyo as a visiting professor from 2002 until 2015, and has also taught Japanese Defense Policy at Aoyama Gakuin University since 2006.  Mr. Tokuchi received his bachelor of laws degree from the University of Tokyo and holds a M.A. in law and diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University.

Vice Admiral Robert L. Thomas, Jr., USN is the Director of the Navy Staff in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations.  Prior to assuming this position in October 2015, Vice Admiral Thomas was the Commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet.  As a career submarine officer, Vice Admiral Thomas served on fast-attack submarines operating in both U.S. Pacific Command and U.S. Central Command theaters of operation.  His assignments included the USS Guitarro (SSN 665), the USS Permit (SSN 594), the USS Asheville (SSN 758), and the USS Bremerton (SSN 698), where he served as Commanding Officer.  Additionally, he took command of the USS Tucson (SSN 770) while serving as Deputy Commander, Submarine Squadron (SUBRON) 11.  He also served as Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Representative West Coast; Commander, Submarine Squadron 11; and Commander, Task Force 74/54 in Yokosuka Japan.  His shore duties include positions as Flag Aide to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (OP-07); Program Analyst in the Secretary of the Navy’s Office of Program Appraisal; Director of Operational Support (CNO N23); Assistant Deputy Director for Politico-Military Affairs, Western Hemisphere (J-5) on the Joint Staff; Director of Plans and Policy (N5) for Naval Special Warfare Command; Director, Strategy and Policy Division (OPNAV N51); Vice Director of Operations (J-3) on the Joint Staff; and Chief of Staff (J-5) on the Joint Staff.  Vice Admiral Thomas holds a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of California and a M.S. in national security studies from the National War College.

Vice Admiral Masanori Yoshida, JMSDF (Ret.) is the Vice President of International Security Affairs at the Sojitz Corporation of America’s office in Washington, D.C.  Vice Admiral Yoshida served as the Commanding Officer of the JS Iwase and later as the Commander of Escort Division 2.  His shore duties included positions as Director of the C4I Systems Division in the Maritime Staff Office, Defense Attaché to the United States, Director General of the C4I Department in the Maritime Staff Office, President of the JMSDF Command and Staff College, and Commandant of Sasebo District.  Vice Admiral Yoshida also worked as a Research Professor of Policy Management at Keio University in Tokyo.  His current research at Sojitz focuses on an array of international security issues including maritime security, the South China Sea, and cybersecurity.  Vice Admiral Yoshida is a graduate of the Japan Defense Academy.

Dr. Toshi Yoshihara holds the John A. van Beuren Chair of Asia-Pacific Studies and is an affiliate member of the China Maritime Studies Institute at the U.S. Naval War College.  He is also a Visiting Professor at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California, San Diego, and Visiting Professor of International Politics at The Fletcher School at Tufts University.  Previously, Dr. Yoshihara was a Visiting Professor in the Strategy Department at the Air War College.  He is the co-author of Red Star over the Pacific: China's Rise and the Challenge to U.S. Maritime Strategy (Naval Institute Press, 2010), Indian Naval Strategy in the Twenty-first Century (Routledge, 2009), and Chinese Naval Strategy in the Twenty-first Century: The Turn to Mahan (Routledge, 2008).  He is also the co-editor of Strategy in the Second Nuclear Age: Power, Ambition, and the Ultimate Weapon (Georgetown University Press, 2012) and Asia Looks Seaward: Power and Maritime Strategy (Praeger Security International, 2008).  Dr. Yoshihara holds a B.S.F.S. from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, a M.A. from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and a Ph.D. from The Fletcher School at Tufts University.