October 28, 2020 5:00 pm
Intelligence communities are everywhere and always in motion. Japan’s has been no exception, often shifting in response to dramatic analytical and organizational failures, changes in the regional and global balance, and sudden technological developments. In the first half of the 20th century, Japan had a full spectrum intelligence apparatus. In the decades following WWII, shifts in the security environment and major intelligence failures stimulated rethinking by Tokyo. Where do matters stand today? Join us as Dr. Richard J. Samuels discusses the evolution of Japan’s intelligence community and its future based on his new book, Special Duty: A History of the Japanese Intelligence Community (Cornell University Press 2019).
About the speaker
Richard J. Samuels
Ford International Professor of Political Science; Director of the Center for International Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Richard J. Samuels is Ford International Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for International Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2005 he was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2011 he received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, an Imperial decoration awarded by the Emperor of Japan and the Japanese Prime Minister. In 2015 he was named an Albert Einstein Visiting Fellow at the Free University of Berlin. He is the author of many award winning books.
Sponsoring Departments: UW Japan Studies Program
Media contact: Japan Studies Program