Commentary & Analysis

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

Author: 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.


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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U.S.-Japan Cooperation in the Pacific:
75 Years After the End of the Pacific War

Author: Patricia O’Brien

This year we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. U.S.-Japan relations have come a long way since then. In her most recent article, Dr. Patricia O’Brien of Georgetown University’s Asia Studies Program, examines the historical context of U.S. and Japanese policies in the Pacific. She discusses efforts to sustain peace in the rapidly changing security environment and provides policy recommendations. Dr. O’Brien concludes that the United States and Japan should expand their regional presence and align their geopolitical strategies with the priorities of Blue Pacific nations.

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Japan-U.S. Cooperation After the Coronavirus Pandemic:
From a Security Perspective

Author: Hidetoshi Hirata

Categories: A Vision for Post COVID-19 U.S.-Japan Relations

Hidetoshi Hirata, Lt. General (retired), Japan Air Self-Defense Force, examines U.S.-Japan cooperation post-COVID-19 from a security perspective, providing an analysis on challenges and emerging threats to the U.S. and Japan, changes in the security environment due to COVID-19, competition continuum, and what the future of U.S.-Japan cooperation looks like.

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Pacific Trident III: The Strengths and Weaknesses of the US Alliance System under Gray Zone Operations

Author: John Hemmings

Categories: Tabletop Exercise

In this reflection piece, Dr. John Hemmings gives his insights as an observer of the Pacific Trident III Tabletop Exercise, noting what he observed were the main concerns of the participants and the applicability of the game play to real-world scenarios. He analyzes some of the principal strengths of the U.S. alliance system during the game, as well as its principal weaknesses.

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