James L. Schoff

Jim’s research at Carnegie focuses on U.S.-Japan relations and regional engagement, East Asian security, Japan’s political economy, and alliance collaboration in high-tech fields. He previously served as senior adviser for East Asia policy at the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense and as director of Asia Pacific Studies at the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis (IFPA).  At the Department of Defense, Schoff was responsible for strategic planning and policy development for relations with Japan and the Republic of Korea.  He also spearheaded bilateral deterrence dialogues and regional security cooperation issues, including missile defense, disaster relief, and maritime security.  His publications include Uncommon Alliance for the Common Good: The United States and Japan after the Cold War (Carnegie, 2017), “What Myanmar Means for the U.S.-Japan Alliance” (Carnegie, 2014), andTools for Trilateralism: Improving U.S.-Japan-Korea Cooperation to Manage Complex Contingencies (Potomac Books Inc., 2005).  In addition to his academic degrees from Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and Duke University, Schoff completed the UN Course on Civil-Military Coordination in Complex Contingencies in 2007.