Barbara P. Wanner

Senior Political Analyst


Barbara Wanner has 18 years of professional experience dealing with foreign policy and international economic issues in both the public and private sectors. As JEI's senior political analyst since 1988, she has focused on Japanese politics, U.S.-Japan security relations, bilateral defense industrial cooperation and corporate issues faced by U.S. subsidiaries of Japanese companies. In the early 1980s Ms. Wanner was JEI's government relations analyst, which involved monitoring and analyzing developments on Capitol Hill and in the U.S. executive branch relevant to U.S.-Japan relations.

For more than nine years Ms. Wanner also edited Japan Economic Survey, a monthly report JEI published for 20 years but recently discontinued. In this capacity she interviewed some of the most influential voices in the American and Japanese political and business establishments, including Prime Ministers Morihiro Hosokawa and Tsutomu Hata, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D, W. Va.) and Peter G. Peterson, former Secretary of Commerce and chairman of The Blackstone Group. In addition to writing for the weekly JEI Report, Ms. Wanner now manages the Institute's marketing and outreach activities.

In terms of private-sector experience, Ms. Wanner worked for Matsushita Electric Corporation of America. As MECA's manager of government affairs, she regularly briefed senior management on company-relevant U.S. government policies and regulatory activities as well as represented the company's interests on Capitol Hill and in trade associations. Ms. Wanner also served as a consultant to American and foreign companies on international economic issues while working for Colby, Bailey, Werner and Associates and International Business-Government Counsellors, Inc., two Washington, D.C. firms catering to multinational corporate concerns. She cut her teeth on politics and policymaking as a congressional aide to former Rep. Paul Findley (R, Ill.), who was a member of the House International Relations Committee.

Ms. Wanner is active in the Women's Foreign Policy Group, the Trade Policy Forum and Women in International Security. Recently she was invited to join the United States Committee-Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific.

Ms. Wanner has a M.A. in Political Science from Columbia University and a B.A. in International Relations from Bucknell University. While at Bucknell she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Societies.