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Shihoko Goto Announced as Inaugural Director for Indo-Pacific Enterprise and Geoeconomics

WASHINGTON–The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars today announced the appointment of Ms. Shihoko Goto as the inaugural Director for Indo-Pacific Enterprise and Geoeconomics. 

“Shihoko’s unique and deft analysis has been critical to better understanding the intersection of geopolitics and economics, especially in the Indo-Pacific,” said Ambassador Mark Green, President and CEO of the Wilson Center. “By establishing this new position, the Wilson Center is recognizing both Shihoko’s tremendous achievements as an analyst as well as the growing significance of economics as a tool of statecraft in Asia and beyond.”

The launch of the Indo-Pacific Enterprise and Geoeconomics initiative comes at a time when economic interests are increasingly driving foreign policy priorities, especially in the world’s most populous and dynamic region. No longer is economic rivalry defined simply by competition for natural resources or for market access. Instead, economic security concerns as well as private sector interests are playing an ever greater role in shaping U.S. relations with Asia and beyond.

“I am thrilled to be leading the Wilson Center’s research and programming efforts on economic statecraft with a focus on the Indo-Pacific. The global economy is facing an array of immediate challenges, from the need to bolster supply chain resiliency to boosting infrastructure investment across the board. Seismic shifts to the global economic order are emerging too, and the Wilson Center will remain at the forefront of discussions on the future of globalization and the role of the private sector,” Ms. Goto said.

Ms. Goto will also serve as Deputy Director of the Wilson Center’s Asia Program. She is also a columnist for The Diplomat magazine and contributing editor to The Globalist. Prior to joining the Wilson Center in 2012, she was a financial journalist reporting on the global economy and monetary policy for Dow Jones News Service and United Press International. She is also a former donor country relations officer of the World Bank.  

She received an MA in international political theory from Waseda University in Tokyo, and an MA in modern history from Trinity College, University of Oxford.


Shihoko Goto

Shihoko Goto

Director, Indo-Pacific Program

Shihoko Goto is the director the Indo-Pacific Program at the Wilson Center. Her research focuses on the economics and politics of Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea, as well as US policy in Northeast Asia. A seasoned journalist and analyst, she has reported from Tokyo and Washington for Dow Jones and UPI on the global economy, international trade, and Asian markets. A columnist for The Diplomat magazine and contributing editor to The Globalist, she was previously a donor country relations officer for the World Bank and has been awarded fellowships from the East-West Center and the Knight Foundation, among others.

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