Sir Howard Kippenberger Chair

The Centre annually hosts a distinguished international expert on security issues, the Sir Howard Kippenberger Visiting Chair in Strategic Studies.

Dr Sheila A. Smith, 2019 Sir Howard Kippenberger Chair
Dr Sheila A. Smith, 2019 Sir Howard Kippenberger Chair

The Centre for Strategic Studies announced Dr Sheila A. Smith as its Sir Howard Kippenberger Visiting Professor in Strategic Studies for 2019.

Dr Smith is an expert on Japanese politics and foreign policy, is senior fellow for Japan studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). She is the author of Japan Rearmed: The Politics of Military Power (Harvard University Press, 2019), Intimate Rivals: Japanese Domestic Politics and a Rising China (Columbia University Press, 2015), which was released in Japanese as 日中 親愛なる宿敵: 変容する日本政治と対中政策 (Tokyo University Press, 2018), and Japan's New Politics and the U.S.-Japan Alliance (Council on Foreign Relations, June 2014). She is also the author of the interactive website, “Constitutional Change in Japan.”

Smith is a regular contributor to the CFR blog Asia Unbound, and frequent contributor to major media outlets in the United States and Asia. She is vice chair of the U.S. advisors to the U.S.-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange (CULCON), a bi-national advisory panel of government officials and private sector members. She also serves on the advisory committee for the U.S.-Japan Network for the Future program of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation. She teaches as an adjunct professor at the Asian Studies Department of Georgetown University and serves on the board of its Journal of Asian Affairs. She earned her MA and PhD degrees from the department of political science at Columbia University.

Kippenberger Chair Lecture 2019

In her lecture, Dr. Sheila Smith discussed the future of the US-Japan alliance, as Tokyo seeks to cope with a rising China, a nuclear-armed North Korea and an unpredictable US administration. View lecture here