July 24, 2021
USMC Force Design 2030: US Marines and the Indo-Pacific
By Alec Bohlman
The new vision for the U.S. Marine Corps will impact cooperation with allies as well.
July 22, 2021
A Taiwan Contingency and Japan’s Counterstrike Debate
By Scott W. Harold and Satoru Mori
Japan’s increasing recognition that Taiwan is crucial to its own security has implications for Japan’s domestic defense debates and the Japan-U.S. alliance.
April 20, 2021
‘Joe-Yoshi’ Spirit Buoys Japan-US Alliance in Turbulent Seas
By Scott W. Harold
With both countries facing serious challenges at home, their leaders remained committed to building a personal rapport.
April 13, 2021
The Biden-Suga Summit: What to Expect
By Joshua W. Walker
If both leaders play their cards right, ties between Tokyo and Washington could anchor a peaceful and rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific for years to come.
April 05, 2021
North Korea, Supply Chain Resilience Top Agenda During NSA Talks
By Thisanka Siripala
A trilateral meeting between Japan, South Korea, and the U.S. reaffirms joint efforts on the denuclearization of North Korea.
March 17, 2021
US and Japan Name China as Threat to International Order
By Thisanka Siripala
In the first 2+2 talks of their new administrations, both sides pledge to strengthen their alliance in response to shared concerns over China’s “aggressive actions.”
January 14, 2021
The US Role in South Korea-Japan Relations: From Johnson to Biden
By Erik French, Jiyoon Kim, and Jihoon Yu
Past history gives a blueprint the incoming administration can use to push for better relations between two important East Asian allies.
October 12, 2020
US Military Bases Are Poisoning Okinawa
By Jon Mitchell
The U.S. military has contaminated the drinking water for almost half-a-million Japanese – but Japanese authorities can’t do anything about it.
October 01, 2020
The Asia Inheritance: Trump and US Alliances
By Abraham M. Denmark and Shihoko Goto
U.S. alliances have been tested under the Trump administration – but have also proven more durable than many expected.
September 09, 2020
Assessing Abe Shinzo’s Geopolitical Legacy
By Ankit Panda
A biographer of Japan’s outgoing prime minister discusses Abe’s lasting legacy on foreign affairs and trade.
August 21, 2020
The Critical 6 Months for US-Japan Defense Cooperation We Never Saw Coming
By James L. Schoff
The remainder of 2020 is shaping up to be an unexpectedly consequential year for U.S.-Japan defense cooperation.
August 19, 2020
Japan Rethinks Its Approach to Arms Deals With the United States
By Tom Corben
Recent decisions suggest Tokyo is fundamentally reconsidering how it engages with Washington on arms procurement.