Japan honors Richard Samuels

On November 3rd, 2011, the Japanese Government conferred the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, upon Prof. Richard J. Samuels in recognition of his significant contributions to scholarship about Japan and for promoting friendly relations between Japan and the United States of America.

Prof. Samuels is currently conducting research in Japan and received the decoration from Prime Minister Noda on November  7, 2011. He was also presented to the Emperor of Japan at the Imperial Palace.

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Professor Richard and Debra Samuels.

Where we spoke

Barry Posen, faculty

Speaker “US Grand Strategy: A Critique,” RAND Corporation, December 9, 2011.

Speaker, SSP Conference on Counter-Insurgency organized by Prof. Roger Petersen, November 18-19, 2011.

 Stephen Van Evera, faculty

Interview, “3 Questions: Stephen Van Evera on the withdrawal from Iraq: A look at the prospects for peace as U.S. troops leave,” by Peter Dizikes, MIT News Office, December 16, 2011.

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What we wrote

Boaz Atzili, alum

Good Fences, Bad Neighbors: Border Fixity and International Conflict (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012).

Taylor Fravel, faculty

“Beyond the Moat: The PLAN’s Evolving Interests and Political Influence,” in Phillip Saunders, et al., eds., The Chinese Navy: Expanding Capabilities, Evolving Roles, (National Defense University Press, 2011) (with Alex Liebman).

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Notes from all over

Two of the SSP Military Fellows, Army lieutenant colonels Scott Jackson and D.A. Sims, received an early gift before the holiday break, as they were both selected for promotion to colonel.Each officer will pin on the new colonel’s eagles in 2012.

Former military fellow, Dave Sliwinski (2001-02) has been promoted as Supervisor/ Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Division Director for Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) – International Programs, located in Jacksonville, FL.

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