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a report of the csis japan chair

The U.S.-Japan Alliance
anchoring stability in asia
Authors Richard L. Armitage Joseph S. Nye

August 2012

our future



a report of the csis japan chair

The U.S.-Japan Alliance
anchoring stability in asia
Authors Richard L. Armitage Joseph S. Nye

August 2012

our future


About CSIS—50th Anniversary Year
For 50 years, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) has developed practical solutions to the world’s greatest challenges. As we celebrate this milestone, CSIS scholars continue to provide strategic insights and bipartisan policy solutions to help decisionmakers chart a course toward a better world. CSIS is a bipartisan, nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. The Center’s 220 full-time staff and large network of affiliated scholars conduct research and analysis and develop policy initiatives that look into the future and anticipate change. Since 1962, CSIS has been dedicated to finding ways to sustain American prominence and prosperity as a force for good in the world. After 50 years, CSIS has become one of the world’s preeminent international policy institutions focused on defense and security; regional stability; and transnational challenges ranging from energy and climate to global development and economic integration. Former U.S. senator Sam Nunn has chaired the CSIS Board of Trustees since 1999. John J. Hamre became the Center’s president and chief executive officer in 2000. CSIS was founded by David M. Abshire and Admiral Arleigh Burke. CSIS does not take specific policy positions; accordingly, all views expressed herein should be understood to be solely those of the author(s).

Cover photo: Flags of the United States and Japan during the ceremony at the 50th Anniversary of the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty, U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Denver Applehans, com/photos/ctf76/4289022909/.

© 2012 by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. All rights reserved. ISBN 978-0-89206-748-0

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Study Group Participants Study Group Signatures Introduction Energy Security 1 2 6 7 11 v iv

Economics and Trade Relations with Neighbors Conclusion 15 16 19

Toward a New Security Strategy Recommendations About the Authors

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study group participants
The following individuals participated in the study group process through which the report was produced. Dr. Nye and Mr. Armitage are grateful for the arduous efforts and support from the study group participants. David Asher Isabella Mroczkowski (Rapporteur) Kevin G. Nealer

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security

Research Assistant, Project 2049 Institute

Kara L. Bue Victor Cha

Partner, Armitage International

Principal and Partner, Scowcroft Group

Torkel Patterson

Senior Adviser and Korea Chair, CSIS, and Professor of Government and Director of Asian Studies, Georgetown University

President, U.S.-Japan MAGLEV, LLC

Robin Sak Sakoda Randall Schriver

Partner, Armitage International

Michael Green

Senior Adviser and Japan Chair, CSIS, and Associate Professor, Georgetown University

Partner, Armitage International, and President and CEO, Project 2049 Institute

Robert McNally

President and Founder, The Rapidan Group

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study group participant signatures

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the u.s.-japan alliance
anchoring stability in asia

This report on the U.S.-Japan alliance comes at a time of drift in the relationship. As leaders in both the United States and Japan face a myriad of other challenges, the health and welfare of one of the world’s most important alliances is endangered. Although the arduous efforts of Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell and his colleagues in both governments...
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