Saadia M. Pekkanen

Saadia M. Pekkanen |CONTRIBUTOR

I am the Job and Gertrud Tamaki professor at the Jackson School of International Studies, in the University of Washington Seattle. I work on the international relations of Japan and Asia, with a special interest in outer space governance, security, and policy. I co-chair the U.S.-Japan Space Forum in partnership with the Mansfield Foundation, which brings together Japanese and American officials, experts, and private sector stakeholders to deliberate on the prospects for coordinating space policy and governance in peaceful ways. My latest books include The Oxford Handbook of the International Relations of Asia (Oxford University Press, 2014); and In Defense of Japan: From the Market to the Military in Space Policy. I am also the founding director of the Jackson School Ph.D. program, the country’s first accelerated and applied doctoral program in international studies. It aims to train and “grow” subject-area experts of critical interest to national, regional, and local communities in the United States and beyond.

I write about the IR of Japan/Asia and outer space security.