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Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath in Japan

The devastating earthquake and ensuing tsunami that ravaged northern Japan on March 11 resulted in lost lives and caused extensive damage to the country's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant and other infrastructures impacting the country's economy, drawing worldwide concern and support. Georgetown faculty experts on Japan, its economy, radiology and geoscience are available to comment on and explain the implications of these events to the world.

Faculty Experts Include:

Michael Green

Michael Green, associate professor of international relations, is an expert on Japanese politics and U.S.-Japan foreign policy. He previously served as special assistant to the president for national security affairs and senior director for Asian affairs at the National Security Council (NSC), from January 2004 to December 2005. His current research and writing is focused on Asian regional architecture, Japanese politics, U.S. foreign policy history and the Korean peninsula. Dr. Green speaks fluent Japanese and spent over five years in Japan working as a staff member of the National Diet as a journalist for Japanese and American newspapers, and as a consultant for U.S. businesses.

John McNeill

John McNeill, professor of world history, environmental history, and international history in the School of Foreign Service and history department, is an expert on the history of environmental disaster. His research includes a deep analysis into the global environmental impact and ecological repercussions of human history. He can put the events in Japan into historical context as the affect the human population and surrounding environment. He has written numerous books, including The Human Web: A Bird’s-eye View of World History and Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the 20th-Century World.

Reena Aggarwal

Reena Aggarwal, professor of business administration, specializes in international stock markets,and corporate governance. She has been widely quoted in the media about the international financial crisis and can offer insights on the affect the disaster in Japan will have on the global market. Her current research focuses on international investments by mutual funds, international corporate governance and market valuation, demutualization of stock exchanges and public offerings.

Susan Martin

Susan F. Martin, associate professor of international migration, is an expert on the humanitarian implications of natural disasters evacuations. A long-time expert on immigration and refugee policy, Dr. Martin came to Georgetown after having served as the Executive Director of the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform, which made its final report to Congress in September 1997, issuing recommendations to reform immigration policy, institute immigrant policies to help newcomers and communities in which they settle, reinvigorate U.S. leadership in refugee policy, and restructure the federal agencies responsible for implementing immigration policy.

Tim Beach

Timothy Beach, professor of geography and geoscience, is an expert on issues involving soil and agricultural systems, environmental change and geoarchaeology. He has been widely quoted in the media discussing the cause and effect of natural disasters around the world, and most recently provided insights on the impact of earthquakes in Haiti and Chile. Dr. Beach also teaches courses in environmental science and physical geography (climatology, hydrology, geomorphology, and environmental management) and how these relate to international management and policy. 

Timothy Jorgensen

Timothy Jorgensen is an associate professor in the department of radiation medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center and the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. He chairs the radiation safety committee at GUMC and has expertise in environmental health and risk science. Jorgensen is a molecular radiation biologist interested in risk assessment of environmentally-induced human cancer, from both chemicals and radiation. He can provide guidance on factors that would affect the impact of radiation exposure in Japan, including hydrogen explosions that could damage the containers holding nuclear material, the leakage of nuclear material as well as how weather and geography affect the spread of radiation.

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