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Dr. Kristi Govella is deputy director of the Asia Program and senior fellow at The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF). Kristi is an expert on the intersection between economic and security policy in Asia, as well as on Japanese politics and foreign policy. Her research has examined topics such as economic statecraft, trade war, trade agreements, foreign investment, government-business relations, defense capacity building, regional institutional architecture, and the governance of the global commons. In addition to her publications in journals and edited volumes, Kristi has edited two books: Linking Trade and Security: Evolving Institutions in Asia, Europe, and the United States and Responding to a Resurgent Russia: Russian Policy and Responses from the European Union and the United States. She regularly provides commentary for U.S. and international media outlets. She also serves as an adjunct fellow with the East-West Center and Pacific Forum and as co-editor of the journal Asia Policy. Prior to joining GMF, Kristi was an assistant professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University, and an associate professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. She has also been a visiting research fellow at the University of Tokyo and Waseda University. Kristi holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. in political science and Japanese from the University of Washington, Seattle. 

Media Mentions

Twenty years ago, no one would have expected that Japan would be promoting free trade without pressure from the United States.
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Kishida’s hope is that economic growth and wealth redistribution will interact in a virtuous cycle, but some are concerned that he will prioritize redistribution and end up stymieing growth in the process.
If challenges start to arise, we could see [Fumio Kishida's] approval ratings decrease very quickly because he is starting from a point of relatively modest support.
It’s possible that Kono could very well find himself a front runner in another LDP leadership race a year from now and under more favorable conditions.
In many ways, the best ambassador is one who can keep the U.S.-Japan relationship central to U.S. foreign policy.
Suga has long been under pressure due to criticism of his coronavirus response and a host of other issues. But the ground really shifted over the last couple of weeks and his support from within the party eroded quickly.