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Broad structural changes over the last quarter century are reverberating through the global economy and the institutions that regulate it. Recent US policy has shifted away from a leadership position in both long-standing institutions such as the WTO and newer trade agreements such as TPP-11 and RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership). These shifts are creating room for stronger regional ties and raise the question of which nation(s) will lead trade initiatives in Asia. Additionally, a shift toward populism across the world threatens to lead countries towards greater economic protectionism. Our speakers addressed questions related to these issues as they relate to Japan, the US-Japan relationship, and East Asia.


A new initiative of the Abe Fellowship Program, the Abe Fellows Global Forum (Abe Global) is designed to bring Abe Fellow research and expertise on pressing issues of global concern to broader audiences. Abe Global will host several events each year in partnership with academic and civic organizations throughout the United States. The Abe Fellowship Program is a partnership between the Social Science Research Council and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.


Vinod Aggarwal
Professor/Director, University of California / Berkeley
Christina Davis
Professor, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
Taiji Furusawa
Professor, University of Tokyo


David Weinstein
Carl Sumner Shoup Professor of the Japanese Economy; Director of Research, Center for Japanese Economy and Business, Columbia University