Michael Auslin’s new report (with Christopher Griffin) is up at the AEI website: The U.S.-Japanese Alliance in a New Era.
For nearly five decades, the U.S.-Japanese alliance has underwritten peace and security in the Asia Pacific. The alliance has allowed for the forward basing of tens of thousands of American troops and cooperation between the two countries on a wide range of security issues. The alliance is being tested today by the economic and military rise of China, the continuing crisis in North Korea, and the struggle to maintain the tide of democratic reform in the Asia-Pacific region.As Asia undergoes these changes, the United States and Japan must reorient their partnership to cooperate in supporting political and economic liberalization in the region. Washington and Tokyo should seek to enhance and promote the prospect that democracy, free markets, and transparent security policies become the norm in Asia during the twenty-first century. In short, the U.S.-Japanese alliance should be the primary instrument of both countries in managing, hedging against, and taking advantage of the myriad changes in Asia.The principal tasks for Washington and Tokyo are to develop new capabilities, tear down barriers to security cooperation, and develop shared concepts of military operations to meet new challenges in Asia and beyond. This agenda is an ambitious one, but it is also necessary.
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