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DECEMBER 2009: Bill Moyers Picks Chalmers Johnson's Nemesis as Top Book
On the December 18th broadcast of Bill Moyers Journal , renowned journalist Bill Moyers featured Nemesis, by JPRI Founder Chalmers Johnson, as the most important read for the winter 2009-2010 holiday and coming months. Here is an excerpt from Moyer's announcement.

"There's one book in particular I would put in everybody's stocking if I could. It's not new - it was actually published three years ago. But I read it again this month, and found its message more relevant than ever. This is it: NEMESIS: THE LAST DAYS OF THE AMERICAN REPUBLIC, by Chalmers Johnson."

Please join everyone in the JPRI community in congratulating Chalmers Johnson for this honor.   For a transcript of the announcement on Bill Moyers Journal, visit

NOVEMBER 2009: JPRI partners with San Francisco Film Society for Taiwan Film Days
On November 5th, JPRI at USF Center for the Pacific Rim was pleased to present a preview screening of the documentary Beyond the Arctic and interview with its director Li-Chou Yang for 2009 Taiwan Film Days. This event represented a new partnership with the San Francisco Film Society (the presenter of the SF International Film Festival), and the second year of productive cooperation with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office of San Francisco to plan and promote a festival of contemporary Taiwanese films. For the full event description, visit

SEPTEMBER 2009: Democracy Now! Host Amy Goodman Interviews Steve Clemons
JPRI Network member and director of the American Strategy Program at the New America
Foundation, Steve Clemens, regarding the recent parliamentary elections in Japan. The Democracy Now! website features an audio and video stream as well as a transcript of the interview:

Transcript Correction : Steven Clemons notes that Amy Goodman mistakenly identified him as the current director of JPRI. Clemons is actually a former director of JPRI, who now serves on its Advisory Board. In 2009 Dr. Chiho Sawada was appointed the new JPRI director.

AUGUST 2009: JPRI Founder Chalmers Johnson on WCEV Radio Islam
JPRI president Chalmers Johnson spoke on "U.S. Bases in the World" on Chicago's WCEV Radio Islam. Dr. Johnson was interviewed by talk show host Abdul Malik Mujahid. For an audio stream of the interview, visit and scroll down on the interview page to August 17.

JULY 2009: JPRI Becomes "Stakeholder Partner" for the Upcoming Global Forum on Human Trafficking
JPRI is pleased to support the Global Forum on Human Trafficking, which will convene October 8-9, 2009, in Carlsbad, California. To register for the Forum at the discounted JPRI rate, go to the following link For additional information, see

JULY 2009: Dr. John de Boer Appointed JPRI Fellow in Diplomatic Affairs
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. John de Boer as JPRI non-resident Fellow in Diplomatic Affairs. Dr. de Boer specializes in Middle Eastern as well as Central Asian and East Asian politics, and thereby brings a unique perspective to the JPRI network. He now leads the Democratic Governance and Justice Section in the Afghanistan Task Force of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). Prior to joining the Canadian government, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (2003-2005) and taught at the University of California, Berkeley (2006). He holds a Ph.D. degree in Area Studies from Tokyo University. Dr. de Boer is also a non-resident research associate with Japan Focus and the Center for Global Communications, International University of Japan. Dr. de Boer will contribute regular reports to JPRI, starting this summer.

JUNE 2009: Dr. Donald K. Emmerson Joins JPRI Board of Advisors
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Donald K. Emmerson, an eminent scholar of Southeast Asian politics and Asia-Pacific regionalism, will join the JPRI Board of Advisors. Dr. Emmerson heads the Southeast Asia Forum at Stanford University. He has maintained close connections to Japan since his birth in Tokyo as the son of an American diplomat (John K. Emmerson) who served three tours in Japan and entitled his autobiography The Japanese Thread . These connections have included doing fieldwork on Iki island for a monograph on artisanal fisheries in Asia; speaking to audiences in Tokyo and Kyoto among other Japanese cities; publishing in venues ranging from the Japanese Journal of Political Science to The Japan Times ; and being interviewed by NHK and Yomiuri Shimbun among other Japanese media. For a more information on Dr. Emmerson's recent research and publications, consult his entry on our Advisory Board page.

JUNE 2009: Heather Heistand Appointed JPRI Fellow in International Service Learning & Development
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Heather Heistand, director of the non-profit educational service organization Panango, as the inaugural JPRI Fellow in International Service Learning & Development. This summer Heistand will lead a service-learning mission to Papua New Guinea. Upon her return to the Bay Area she will write a Pacific Rim Report for JPRI and the USF Center for the Pacific Rim, based on her work with Panango. She will also lead efforts to recruit students from University of San Francisco for future service-learning missions to PNG. For regular reports from the field, see Heather's blog at

MAY 2009: Dr. Patrick Lloyd Hatcher Joins JPRI Board of Advisors
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Patrick Lloyd Hatcher, Kiriyama Distinguished Fellow at the University of San Francisco's Center for the Pacific Rim, will join the JPRI Board of Advisors. From 1976 to 1991 he taught at the University of California at Berkeley in the Military Science, History, and Political Science Departments. For his last ten years at Berkeley he served as the Vice Chairman of the Political Science Department. Dr. Hatcher is the author of The Suicide of an Elite: American Internationalists in Vietnam (Stanford University Press, 1990), Economic Earthquakes: Converting Defense Cuts to Economic Opportunities (Institute of Governmental Studies Press, Berkeley, 1994), and North American Civilization at War (M.E. Sharpe, 1998), and numerous essays and book reviews. For more biographical information, consult Dr. Hatcher's entry on our Advisory Board page.

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