Hikaru Yamashita, from Japan, is a Fulbright Scholar and Senior Fellow at the National Institute for Defense Studies in Tokyo, Japan. Mr. Yamashita received his Ph.D. in International Politics from University of Wales in Aberystwyth, United Kingdom, and his M.Sc. in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom. Mr. Yamashita’s research at Columbia will focus on UN peacekeeping in the post-Cold War era.