Apply: US-Japan-ROK Emerging Leaders Working Group

Apply: US-Japan-ROK Emerging Leaders Working Group

Apply: US-Japan-ROK Emerging Leaders Working Group


Timeline & Key Dates:

Application Submission Period:
Monday, September 14 - Monday, September 28, 2020

Notification of Acceptance:
Friday, October 2, 2020

Virtual Roundtables:
October and November 2020

Report Release:
January 2021


The National Committee on American Foreign Policy’s (NCAFP) Forum on Asia Pacific Security (FAPS) is accepting applications from qualified individuals to join a US-Japan-ROK Working Group of emerging leaders. The program will consist of four (4) virtual roundtable discussions on critical security issues to support a collaborative report with policy recommendations to navigate the next ten years of trilateral relations. 

We will be selecting nine (9) next-generation scholars and experts: three (3) from the United State, three (3) from Japan, and three (3) from the Republic of Korea. Participants will be asked to share their own perspectives and policy recommendations for how to best manage trilateral relations to ensure peace and stability in Northeast Asia. Each session will include one or two senior-level experts who will provide their thoughts and reactions to presentations by the next-generation scholars. The discussions will cover the security, political and economic dimensions of trilateral relations.


Qualifications & Expectations

Preferred applicants are research associate professionals or assistant professors who have 5-10 years experience (PhD experience accepted) on regional issues within East Asia and are well-poised to influence the policy planning process in the future. Participants must commit to participating in all sessions, to take place in October and November 2020 (unless excused by the organizers for unavoidable conflicts).

At the conclusion of the roundtables, the Working Group will organize and generate a collaborative report which will summarize the key points of the discussions as well as each participant’s policy recommendations for navigating the next ten years of this vital trilateral relationship. The report will be published and distributed in January 2021

Funding & Compensation

Support for this project is provided by the Korea Foundation. Each member of the working group will receive a $3,000 stipend for participation, to be paid upon completion of the working group report.


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