Senior Fellow, JCIE/USA

Jim Gannon is a senior fellow at JCIE/USA, and he writes on US-Asia relations, global health, development, and civil society. He joined JCIE/USA in 2001 and served as its executive director for two decades until April 2021,  creating and leading a wide range of initiatives designed to strengthen US-Japan relations and encourage deeper international cooperation. Previously, he conducted research with the Japan Bank for International Cooperation and, from 1992 to 1994, he 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 as vice chair of 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.


“Multilateral Renovation and Innovation: Don’t Let a Crisis Go to Waste” with Mark Lagon, The National Interest (2022)

“Japan’s COVID-19 Vaccine Drive Success is an Opportunity for Global Leadership” with Kazuyo Kato, The Diplomat (2021)

Launching a Pandemic Financing Facility: Three Proposals & Their Implications for the Global Fund (2021)

“The Time has Come for a COVID-19 Marshall Plan,” The Hill (2021)

Reflecting on 20 Years at JCIE (2021)

Global Health Needs US-Japan Cooperation, Asia Unbound, Council on Foreign Relations (2020)

Becoming Strategic Partners: Lessons for NGOs and Government Agencies from the American Experience (2018)

Getting International Disaster Philanthropy Right: Lessons from Japan’s 2011 Tsunami (2016)

After Abe: Will Japan Fall Back Into Old Habits?, The National Interest (2016)

Looking for Leadership: The Dilemma of Political Leadership in Japan, co-edited with Ryo Sahashi (2015)

Strengthening US-Japan NGO Partnerships On Humanitarian Responses—Lessons from 3/11 (2015)

“‘Human Touch’ Key to U.S.-Japan Ties: Lessons from Tom Foley and Other Key Figures,” Asahi Shimbun (2015)

International Philanthropy and Disasters in Developed Countries: The US Response to Japan’s 3.11 Disaster,” (2014)

Learning to Love NGOs: The Growing Role of Civil Society in Asian Security,” Asia Pacific Bulletin, East-West Center (2013)

A Growing Force: Civil Society’s Role in Asian Regional Security, co-edited with Rizal Sukma (2013)

A Glass Half Full: Japan’s Disaster Response at One Year,” Smart Assets, Philanthropy New York (2012)

One Year Later: Rebuilding After the Great Tōhoku Earthquake,” PhilanTopic, Foundation Center (2012)

Forging US–Japan Civil Society Cooperation Out of the 3/11 Disaster,” The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, Japan Moves Forward (2012)

A New Framework for US–Japan Development Cooperation [pdf 608kb], “An Enhanced Agenda for US–Japan Partnership”—Working Papers (2011)

A Triumph of Soft Power,” Keynote Address to the JET Program 25th Anniversary Commemorative Symposium (September 2011)

“Engaging in Asia: The Evolving US Approach to Regional Community Building” [pdf 224kb], A Pacific Nation: Perspectives on the US Role in an East Asia Community (2011)

East Asia at a Crossroads” (with Tadashi Yamamoto) [pdf 296kb], East Asia at a Crossroads (2008)

Promoting the Study of the United States in Japan,” Philanthropy and Reconciliation: Rebuilding Postwar U.S.-Japan Relations (2006)