Special Duty: A History of the Japanese Intelligence Community

November 12, 2019
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Evening Lecture

Tuesday, November 12, 6–8 PM

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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. This came apart with defeat in WWII and subordination to the United States. After the Cold War, shifts in the security environment and major intelligence failures stimulated rethinking by Tokyo. Following a period of half-hearted and incomplete reforms, the Japanese government began to enhance its collection and analysis capabilities, and to tackle in earnest the dysfunctional stovepipes and leak-prone practices hampering its intelligence system. Where do matters stand today? In this program, Richard J. Samuels, Ford International Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for International Studies at MIT, discusses the evolution of Japan’s intelligence community and its future.

Richard Samuels, Ford International Professor of Political Science & Director of the Center for International Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Gerald Curtis, Burgess Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Columbia University; Director, Toyota Research Program, Weatherhead East Asian Institute; Distinguished Senior Research Fellow, Tokyo Foundation; Member of the Board of Directors, Japan Society


6-6:30 PMRegistration
6:30-7:30 PMLecture and Q&A
7:30-8 PMReception and Book Signing

Non-members: $20
Corporate members: Free, up to designated number of tickets; additional tickets $15
Individual members at Patron Circle level and above: $15
Academic and government: $15

Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

Prepayment must be made with a credit card. All cancellations must be made at least 48 hours prior to the event.

For more information, please contact the Business and Policy Program at 212-715-1208 or email [email protected].

  • Tuesday, November 12, 2019
  • 6:00 pm