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Mireya Solís  

Senior fellow and the Philip Knight Chair in Japan Studies at the Brookings Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies

Mireya Solís is a senior fellow and the Philip Knight Chair in Japan Studies at the Brookings Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies, as well as an associate professor at American University. An expert in Japan’s foreign economic policies, Dr. Solís earned a PhD in government and an MA in East Asian Studies from Harvard University, and a BA in international relations from El Colegio de México. Her main research interests include Japanese politics, political economy, and foreign policy; international and comparative political economy; international relations; and government-business relations. She also has interests in broader issues in U.S.-Japan relations and East Asian multilateralism.

A theme running through Dr. Solís’s research on Japanese political economy is an attempt to explain the coexistence of pork-barrel and state-led growth practices in Japan’s industrial policy. She also gives important attention to domestic determinants of Japan’s foreign economic policy. Her most recent research is on what she calls the single most important departure of Japanese trade policy of the last decade: Japan’s embrace of preferential trade agreements as a means of liberalizing its trade relations. Dr. Solís explores the causes and results of this policy set, and explores the on-going competition among different blueprints for regional integration—a trend which includes the United States through its leadership of negotiations toward the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Dr. Solís’s analysis includes consideration of whether free trade agreements can be an effective tool to implement the domestic structural reforms needed to enhance the competitiveness of the Japanese economy. She is also interested in exploring opportunities for closer collaboration between the United States and Japan on a variety of issues, including the development of a regional architecture by leading high-standard economic integration in East Asia.

She is the author of Banking on Multinationals: Public Credit and the Export of Japanese Sunset Industries (Stanford University Press, 2004) and co-editor of Cross-Regional Trade Agreements: Understanding Permeated Regionalism in East Asia (Springer, 2008) and Competitive Regionalism: FTA Diffusion in the Pacific Rim (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). She has also published numerous articles and book chapters on implications of and responses to the recent economic crisis, Japan’s domestic politics and foreign and economic policies, and East Asian multilateralism.

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