The Third Portsmouth Peace Treaty Forum
Introduction of Speakers' Report:
"Beyond Cold War to Trilateral Cooperation in the Asia Pacific Region: Scenarios for a New Relationship Between Japan, Russia and the United States"
Professor of Political Science
International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Kyoto
Director Center for Japanese Studies
Institute of Oriental Studies
Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow
Graham Allison, Director
The Center for Science and International Affairs
Douglas Dillon Professor of Government
John F. Kennedy School of Government
The Third Portsmouth Treaty Forum is the third formal meeting between Japanese and Russian scholars and diplomats in Portsmouth, New Hampshire since the negotiation of the Portsmouth Peace Treaty in 1905. The Treaty is considered one of the most powerful symbols of peace in the Northern Pacific region and the most significant, shared peace history for Japan, Russia and the United States.
This Forum continues the series of forums sponsored by the Japan-America Society of New Hampshire that will explore, through Japanese, Russian and American perspectives, the history of the Portsmouth Peace Treaty and its relevance to current issues involving the Northern Pacific region. The Forum will provide modern scholarship on international problems in the "spirit of the Portsmouth Peace Treaty."
The Portsmouth Peace Treaty provides an example to the world of the enlightened foreign policy for peace by Japan, Russia and the United States. The Treaty also exemplifies the ability of local citizens to informally mediate international disputes. As hosts for thirty days in August of 1905, the State of New Hampshire, the people of Portsmouth and the United States Navy fostered goodwill between the Russian and Japanese delegates during the critical peace negotiations that ended the Russo/Japanese War, then the largest war being fought in the world.
In 1905 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, an uncommon commitment to peace became a common virtue. The Portsmouth Peace Treaty Forums commemorate and continue that tradition.
A CONFERENCE REPORT OF THE THIRD PORTSMOUTH PEACE TREATY FORUM HELD DURING THE CITY OF PORTSMOUTH'S 90TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF THE TREATY OF PORTSMOUTH SEPTEMBER 10, 1995
Presented by the Japan-America Society of New Hampshire at the Portsmouth City Council Chambers Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Major Funding for this Conference Was Provided By THE JAPAN FOUNDATION CENTER FOR GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP
Â© September, 1995 The Japan-America Society of New Hampshire P.O. Box 1226 Portsmouth, NH 03802-1226 (603) 433-1360 Fax: (603) 431-8062
The purpose of the conference is to foster a continuing dialogue between diplomats, scholars and business leaders on international issues in the spirit of the Portsmouth Peace Treaty. The Portsmouth Peace Treaty Forum invites participants to express their own views based on their own scholarship and in response to the transcripts of the views expressed in prior forums.