search/admin/spider_custom.php search/search.php fellowship_survey/survey.php Fellow Follow-up Survey Details - STUART GOLDMAN

DF (1972)

Fellow Information:
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National Council for Eurasian and East European Research
Scholar in Residence
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Address 1
17501 McDade Ct
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United States
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1. Are you enaged in Japanese Studies?

Answer: C. Yes, I am engaged in Japanese Studies personally, but not at an institution or organization.

Field of Study: History

2. Please describe what you are currently doing. (If you have your own website or any relevant site, provide its URL.)

Answer: I am a Russian specialist with a sub-specialty in Russia-Japan relations. I retired last year after a 30-year career as a research analyst at the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress. I am presently a Scholar in Residence and Washington, DC representative of the National Council on Eurasian and East European Research. I am completing a book on the Nomonhan conflict (Nomonhan Jihen) and its influence on the outbreak of World War II, to be published in 2011 by the US Naval Institute Press.

3. Where did you acquire your most advanced Japanese language training for your research?

Answer: B. I learned it at a special language training school. (Kokusai Gakuyu Kai, Kita Shinjuku, Tokyo)

4. Have you ever participated in the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme?

Answer: NO

5. Have you earned a doctoral degree?

Answer: YES
Year: 1970
Field: History
University: Georgetown University, Washington, DC

Optional Inquiry:
1. Please describe briefly how the Japan Foundation Fellowship experience influenced your career.

Answer: I believe I was the first American long-term Japan Foundation Fellow. I was awarded the Fellowship in December 1972 and spent the year 1973 in Tokyo, studying the Japanese language and doing research on Soviet-Japanese relations and conflict in the 1930s. The Japan Foundation Fellowship had a profound effect on my career, transforming me from a rather "ordinary" Russian scholar to a specialist in Russian-Japanese-East Asian relations. That has been my "niche" ever since -- as a history professor, then as the senior Russian political/military affairs analyst at the Congressional Research Service, and now again in retirement as an historian/scholar. Washington has hundreds of Russian specialists and a smaller, but still significant, number of Japan specialists. For years I have been THE Russia-Japan specialist.

2. The Japan Foundation is planning to create a network or forum among past Japan Foundation fellows. Please let us know if you have any suggestions in terms of themes, format, etc.

Answer: For years I have been urging my Gaimusho friends in Tokyo and at the Embassy in Washington to create some sort of Japan Foundation alumni association to capitalize on the rich human resources represented by past Fellows. I am delighted to learn about the creation of this database as a first step in that direction... and will be honored to take part in whatever ways I can. Providing a platform for networking among past Japan Foundation Fellows would be a logical development. The database will show whether the geographical distribution of fellows lends itself to the formation of local or regional "chapters," which could then host (annual?) meetings/conferences. There could also be an annual national conference. A "council of elders" among past Fellows might be created to make informal policy recommendations on specific issues to government officials in Washington and Tokyo.