James Gannon, Executive Director, JCIE / USA

Jim Gannon joined JCIE/USA in 2001, and he oversees a wide range of programs designed to strengthen the underpinnings of US-Japan relations and encourage deeper international cooperation in responding to regional and global challenges. Previously, he conducted research with the Japan Bank for International Cooperation and taught English in rural Japanese middle schools as part of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program.

Jim received a BA from the University of Notre Dame, carried out graduate research at Ehime University in Japan, and has a master's degree from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. He serves on the board of the US JET Program Alumni Association and was a fellow with the US-Japan Network for the Future. Jim also is the co-editor of A Growing Force: Civil Society’s Role in Asian Regional Security (2013) and Looking for Leadership: The Dilemma of Political Leadership in Japan (2015), and he has authored numerous articles and reports about US-Japan relations, Asia's evolving regional order, and the role of NGOs in international affairs.

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