Commentary & Analysis

Seeking Further Cooperation for Strengthening the Rule-Based Order at Sea in Asia

Author: CDR Kentaro Furuya

Commander Kentaro Furuya (JCG) discusses the role of the Japan-U.S. alliance in maritime capacity building in the Indo-Pacific in order to counter China’s attempts to destabilize the region. The alliance has invested in various coast guard and maritime law enforcement agencies to reinforce international norms and the law of the sea throughout the Indo-Pacific. He also discusses whether this investment has been enough to counter China’s subversion of the international world order, or if the alliance needs to invest more in these efforts.

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The Japan-U.S. Alliance and Climate Security:
Building on the Alliance’s History for Future Preparedness and Response

Author: Rachel Fleishman, Shiloh Fetzek, and Christine Parthemore

Rachel Fleishman, Shiloh Fetzek, and Christine Parthemore discuss the history of U.S.-Japan cooperation on humanitarian aid and disaster response efforts. They analyze the threats climate change poses to the security operations and geostrategic posture of the alliance, and encourage policymakers to start incorporating environmental security perspectives into their operations planning and grand strategies so that the alliance can best adapt to an unforgiving climate and the severe disasters it brings.

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