Center for American Progress

: Balancing Interests and Values in Foreign Policy
Past Event

Balancing Interests and Values in Foreign Policy

U.S. and Japanese approaches

The U.S.-Japan alliance is rooted in both shared interests and common values. While our shared interests drive us to work hand-in-hand in shaping a rules-based international system, as two of the world’s leading democracies, we also believe in the importance of supporting human dignity and supporting democracy, the rule of law, free markets, and human rights worldwide.

From the Middle East to Southeast Asia, these issues have never been more important. Please join us for this important discussion on how to incorporate both values and interests in U.S.-Japan alliance coordination in the region and beyond.

This event will explore the role of values and democracy promotion in U.S. and Japanese foreign policy and how each country incorporates these issues in practice. The first panel will feature two leading foreign policy thinkers, both of whom have experience balancing national interests and values at the highest levels of government. The second panel will examine how the United States and Japan can approach supporting democracy in Southeast Asia in future years and differences in our approaches to places such as Myanmar and Thailand.

Panel 1:
Balancing Interests and Values in Foreign Policy
Hitoshi Tanaka, Chairman, Institute for International Strategy, Japan Research Institute; former Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs

Derek Chollet, Counselor and Senior Advisor, German Marshall Fund; former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs


Vikram Singh, Vice President for National Security and International Policy, Center for American Progress

Panel 2:
Supporting Democratization in Southeast Asia
Christel Fonzo-Eberhard, Monitor 360; former Director for Southeast Asia, Office of the Secretary of Defense (Policy)
Maiko Ichihara, Assistant Professor, Kansai Gaidai University
Frank Jannuzi, President and CEO, The Mike and Maureen Mansfield Foundation

Brian Harding, Director for East and Southeast Asia, Center for American Progress