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Managing the U.S.-Japan Alliance

Michael Auslin, Zhu Feng, Michael Finnegan, Richard Lawless, Rory Medcalf, Sheldon W. Simon, Akihiko Tanaka, Jim Thomas, and William Tow

Publication Year: 2013

This NBR Monograph examines the U.S.-Japan alliance and draws implications for U.S. policy in the Asia-Pacific region.

Published by: National Bureau of Asian Research


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Assessing the Trilateral Strategic Dialogue

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The Trilateral Strategic Dialogue: Facilitating Community-Building or Revisiting Containment?

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pp. 3-12

This Special Report weighs the policy implications of the Trilateral Strategic Dialogue (TSD) and assesses its efficacy as a component of Asia-Pacific security architecture.

• If managed successfully, the TSD can facilitate the integration of bilateral and multilateral models of security politics in the Asia-Pacific. Rigorous coordination of public statements...

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Shaping a Pacific Future: Washington’s Goal for the Trilateral Strategic Dialogue

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pp. 13-24

This essay discusses the history and prospects of the U.S.-Japan-Australia Trilateral Strategic Dialogue (TSD), particularly in the context of the U.S.-Japan alliance.

In response to changes in the Asia-Pacific region, including the rise of China and nontraditional security threats, U.S. strategic thinking has begun to look beyond the...

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Squaring the Triangle: An Australian Perspective on Asian Security Minilateralism

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pp. 25-34

This essay examines the criteria Australia uses in deciding whether to pursue minilateral security dialogue arrangements in the Asia-Pacific region, applied to the Trilateral Strategic Dialogue (TSD) and the short-lived quadrilateral dialogue.

Australia’s deepening role in the TSD with the U.S. and Japan, and its flirtation with...

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Trilateral Strategic Dialogue: a Japanese Perspective

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pp. 35-42

This essay overviews Japan’s approach to the Trilateral Strategic Dialogue (TSD).

Although Japan has undergone a fairly steady process of normalization in its security policy since the end of the Cold War, the country has failed to devise an enduring and comprehensive international strategy to integrate various policy elements. Japan’s approach...

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TSD—Euphemism for Multiple Alliance?

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pp. 43-52

This essay examines the role that the Trilateral Strategic Dialogue (TSD)—a new institution that excludes and appears directed at China—can have in creating true security cooperation in the Asia-Pacific.

For the U.S., the rise of China portends huge risks because Beijing has potential to become a peer competitor; for China, the U.S. is also the largest likely cause of frustration to its own...

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The United States, Japan, and Australia: Security Linkages to Southeast Asia

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pp. 53-60

This essay analyzes the similarities and differences in how Southeast Asian states and the U.S., Japan, and Australia prefer to enhance Southeast Asia’s security.

• The U.S., Japan, and Australia have different, though compatible, strategic interests. With respect to Southeast Asia, their interests converge on freedom of the sealines of communication (SLOC), counterterrorism, and political stability....

Managing Unmet Expectations in the U.S.-Japan Alliance

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pp. 63-64

As senior advisors and peer discussants, we have been privileged to contribute to the inception, development, and evolution of this important project. This report provides a reasonable point of departure, if not a conceptual roadmap, for a serious reassessment of the U.S.-Japan alliance. Such a fundamental reassessment is long overdue and is clearly essential to the respective national security postures of both nations....

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Managing Expectations in the U.S.-Japan Alliance

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pp. 65-90

This report examines the U.S.-Japan alliance to answer three related questions: Is the alliance meeting the mutual expectations of the partners? If not, what are the potential consequences? Given the stakes involved, what are the policy implications for the alliance?

The alliance is failing to meet the expectations of both the U.S. and Japan in significant ways. For the U.S., the continuing inability of the alliance to operationalize itself in the core...


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pp. 103-104

E-ISBN-13: 9781939131157

Page Count: 104
Publication Year: 2013