Author Archive for Nicholas Szechenyi

Nicholas Szechenyi serves as senior fellow and deputy director of the Japan Chair at CSIS.

Abe Calls a Snap Election

By Nicholas Szechenyi — Today, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan announced plans to dissolve the Lower House of the Diet (parliament) later this week and schedule a snap election sometime in October, about a year ahead of schedule. Abe…

U.S.-Japan “2+2” Talks

By Nicholas Szechenyi — Today Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis are hosting Foreign Minister Taro Kono and Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera of Japan for a bilateral Security Consultative Committee (SCC) or “2+2” meeting to coordinate…

Abe’s Speech to Congress

By Michael J. Green & Nicholas Szechenyi Today Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan became the first Japanese leader ever to address a joint session of Congress. Abe summarized key themes for U.S.-Japan relations including history, as August marks the…

The Abe-Obama Summit

By Michael J. Green, Matthew P. Goodman & Nicholas Szechenyi President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan held a summit meeting at the White House today in conjunction with Abe’s official visit to the United States, the…

Abe’s Path on Trade

By Nicholas Szechenyi Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan led his ruling coalition to a solid victory in elections for the Lower House of the Diet (parliament) on December 14. Despite sagging public approval ratings and recent data suggesting the…