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USMC Force Design 2030: US Marines and the Indo-Pacific
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.

A Taiwan Contingency and Japan’s Counterstrike Debate
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.
‘Joe-Yoshi’ Spirit Buoys Japan-US Alliance in Turbulent Seas
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.

The Biden-Suga Summit: What to Expect
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.

North Korea, Supply Chain Resilience Top Agenda During NSA Talks
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.

US and Japan Name China as Threat to International Order
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.”

The US Role in South Korea-Japan Relations: From Johnson to Biden
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.
US Military Bases Are Poisoning Okinawa
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.

The Asia Inheritance: Trump and US Alliances
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.

Assessing Abe Shinzo’s Geopolitical Legacy
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.

The Critical 6 Months for US-Japan Defense Cooperation We Never Saw Coming
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.
Japan Rethinks Its Approach to Arms Deals With the United States
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.

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