James J. Przystup is a senior fellow with Hudson Institute’s Japan Chair. His work at Hudson analyzes the Indo-Pacific region with a special focus on alliance management issues with respect to Japan, the Korean Peninsula, Australia, the Philippines and Thailand, the Quad, and ASEAN. He also studies Europe’s growing interest in the Indo-Pacific, and challenges posed by China to the existing rules-based regional and international order.
Dr. Przystup has worked on Asia-related issues for over thirty years: on the staff of the United States House of Representatives Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Affairs; in the private sector with Itochu Corporation and IBM World Trade Americas/Far East Corporation; in the United States Government, on the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff under Secretary of State George P. Shultz and under Secretary of State James A. Baker III, as senior member responsible for East Asia and the Pacific; and in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, as director for regional security strategies on the policy planning staff. During the administration of President Ronald Reagan, Dr. Przystup served as the deputy director of the Presidential Advisory Commission on US-Japan Relations. He also served on the State Department delegation to the Paris Peace Conference on Cambodia. He was previously director of the Asian Studies Center at the Heritage Foundation. Dr. Przystup was presented with the State Department’s Meritorious Honor award in 1989 and 1991; the Defense Department’s Outstanding Achievement Award in 1992; and cited for his Exceptional Performance by the National Defense University on three separate occasions.
Dr. Przystup graduated summa cum laude from the University of Detroit and holds an MA in international relations from the University of Chicago and a PhD in diplomatic history also from the University of Chicago. He studied Japanese at Columbia University and Keio University in Tokyo and was a visiting fellow on the law faculty of Keio University.
US President Joe Baden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol pose prior to the US-South Korea-Japan trilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G7 summit on May 21, 2023, in Hiroshima, Japan. (Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida attends a news conference following the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) leaders meeting at the prime minister’s official residence in Tokyo on May 24, 2022. (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota / POOL / AFP via Getty Images)
The Royal Australian Navy submarine HMAS Rankin is seen during AUSINDEX 21, a biennial maritime exercise between the Royal Australian Navy and the Indian Navy on September 5, 2021 in Darwin, Australia (Yuri Ramsey/Australian Defence Force/Getty Images)
Fumio Kishida poses for a photograph following a press conference after winning the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's presidential election on September 29, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan (Photo by Du Xiaoyi - Pool/Getty Images)