TIU-Pacific Forum-US Embassy Call for Papers | U.S.-Japan Alliance


For over six decades, the U.S.-Japan Alliance has been underwriting stability and prosperity in Asia. Political leaders from both sides describe it as ‘the cornerstone of peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific Region.’ Today, while the Alliance continues to serve its purpose, challenges abound. To help chart the strategic direction of this important relationship, next-generation Japanese and American leaders from academia, public policy, military, and industry, between the ages of 21 and 29, are invited to submit paper proposals that discuss specific issue-areas in U.S.-Japan relations.

10 paper proposals will be chosen whose authors will form the 2021-2022 cohort. Cohort members will be invited to join an in-person workshop on U.S.-Japan Alliance in Tokyo in Spring 2022, and will also have opportunities to attend future conferences and workshops related to U.S.-Japan relations, and regional security, sponsored by Pacific Forum.

An honorarium of US$ 1,000 each will be provided to the top six authors whose work will be published in an edited volume.


To apply, please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words describing the U.S. and/or Japanese perspective on the Alliance over the past 60 years. You can offer a broad assessment of the topic (including emerging challenges in U.S.-Japan relations and policy recommendations), or focus on a specific facet of the relationship (e.g., maritime security, cyber security, capacity-building for Southeast Asia, space collaboration, COVID19 and public health cooperation, strengthening alliance mechanisms addressing regional security challenges, improving people-to-people ties, and among others ).

Note: We seek high-caliber research papers (with clearly identifiable dependent and independent variables) between 4,000 and 7,000 words. Policy recommendations should be based on solid original analysis and data.

Abstracts due by November 24, 2021

Selected authors will have to submit the first draft of full papers (4,000 to 7,000 words) by March 5, 2022, to be invited to a workshop in Tokyo in Spring 2022. 

For inquiries, contact Mr. Barry Minh Vu at minh@pacforum.org. 

More details here: bit.ly/usjp2021