Peacebuilding as a U.S.-Japan Alliance Mission: Developing a Complementary “Whole-of-Alliance” Approach

April 29, 2011

Washington, D.C.

As part of its project by the same name, IFPA held this one-day workshop on April 29, 2011, in Washington, D.C. The purpose of this event was to convene a group of experts and practitioners to discuss ways to enhance cooperation between the United States and Japan in international peacebuilding operations. The workshop discussions were led by the seven core research members, with additional participants from the government and NGO sector contributing to an open exchange of ideas about how Japan and the United States can best cooperate and work synergistically in a whole-of-alliance approach to peacebuilding operations in vulnerable or failing states.

At the workshop, the core research members presented a set of papers (listed on the right) which seek to address the following key questions:

  • To what extent have the United States and Japan achieved whole-of-government or interagency coordination of their policies? Where do gaps remain?
  • What are each government’s peacebuilding priorities in Afghanistan and Sudan? On what issues do the priorities of the two allies overlap, and where do they differ?
  • What assets and expertise do the United States and Japan bring to the table in each host nation?
  • What are the relative strengths and weaknesses of the United States and Japan in their respective peacebuilding initiatives?  How can the two allies work together more effectively to complement their strengths and compensate for their weaknesses?

Core research members at the April 2011 workshop included:

  • Weston S. Konishi, Associate Director of Asia-Pacific Studies, IFPA
  • Toshiya Hoshino, Dean, OSIPP, Osaka University
  • Philip Shetler-Jones, Integrated Mission Program Planning Process Officer, United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations
  • Jason E. Fritz, Independent Consultant
  • Yuji Uesugi, Program Officer, Hiroshima Peacebuilders Center (HPC), and Associate Professor, Graduate School for International Cooperation and Development, Hiroshima University
  • Yasuhito Murakami, Desk Officer, Sudan, Chad, Central Africa and Peace and Security in Africa, Middle Eastern Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
  • Konrad J. Huber, Independent Consultant and Senior Director, International Sustainable Systems