The U.S.-Japan Security Alliance: Regional Multilateralism


The U.S.-Japan security alliance, which initially focused on Japan?s territorial defense and then started to merge with broader U.S. global strategy, now must deal with the rise of Japan?s neighbors. This edited volume puts forth an empirically rigorous analysis of the ongoing transformation of the U.S.-Japan alliance. As the Obama administration shifts U.S. foreign policy into a multilateral mode, Japan?s neighbors today are more likely to voice their issues concerning the U.S.-Japan alliance. Rigorous analysis ...

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The U.S.-Japan security alliance, which initially focused on Japan’s territorial defense and then started to merge with broader U.S. global strategy, now must deal with the rise of Japan’s neighbors. This edited volume puts forth an empirically rigorous analysis of the ongoing transformation of the U.S.-Japan alliance. As the Obama administration shifts U.S. foreign policy into a multilateral mode, Japan’s neighbors today are more likely to voice their issues concerning the U.S.-Japan alliance. Rigorous analysis of third-party perspectives of the U.S.-Japan alliance are key to helping us understand what external challenges lie ahead in terms of managing this crucial partnership.

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"The US-Japan Security Alliance provides an excellent and up-to-date effort to think through the US-Japan relationship, and how the latter country is to fit into an Asia increasingly dominated by a rising China. The chapters of this book examine the problem from multiple perspectives and suggest pathways to new security architectures in Northeast Asia."
--Francis Fukuyama, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University

"Although there are several books about the U.S.-Japan security alliance, few look at it equally from the perspective of both countries, or in the broader framework of the alliance’s relationships with other important nations in the region. This volume does both. Most welcome too is a particular consideration for how the “alliance dilemma” of Japan’s fear of entrapment versus abandonment has played out over time, and how complicated regional and domestic factors are affecting the “ambiguities” that used to help sustain the alliance. This is a very useful book both for its comprehensive overview of the alliance in broader perspective and for its several in-depth case studies of the alliance and other nations in the region."--Ellis S. Krauss, School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, University of California, San Diego

'With political change in Japan, growing fiscal pressures on Washington and Tokyo, and new challenges from China and North Korea, we are primed for another redefinition of the U.S.-Japan alliance. Inoguchi, Ikenberry and Sato help to map the way with this collection of essays from some of the leading thinkers on Asian security and U.S.-Japan relations."--Michael J. Green, Georgetown University and the Center for Strategic and International Studies

"The durability of the U.S.-Japan alliance lies in its capacity to constantly redefine itself to adapt to the ever-changing security equation in Asia and beyond. This volume is amongst the first and no doubt the most far-reaching attempts to capture the role and mission the alliance is pursuing anew."--Shotaro Yachi, Former Vice-Minister at Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230110847
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 9/13/2011
  • Pages: 322
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Takashi Inoguchi is an Emeritus Professor of the University of Tokyo and President of the University of Niigata Prefecture. He has published widely on Japan and International Affairs including Japanese Politics: An Introduction (2005), Global Change (2001), American Democracy Promotion (coedited with G.John Ikenberry and Michael Cox, 2000), Japanese Foreign Policy Today (coedited with Purnendra Jain, 2000), and Japan's International Relations (1991). On the U.S.-Japan alliance, heis co-editor with G. John Ikenberry ofReinventing the Alliance (2003) and The Uses of Institutions (2007). His numerous journal articles and book reviews have appeared in such places as International Organization, International Studies Review, Ethics and International Affairs, American Political Science Review, International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, and Japanese Journal of Political Science. He is founding editor of two journals, The Japanese Journal of Political Science and International Relations of the Asia-Pacific. He has directed the AsiaBarometer Survey project since 2003.

G. John Ikenberry is the Albert G. Milbank Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University in the Department of Politics and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He is the author of After Victory: Institutions, Strategic Restraint, and the Rebuilding of Order after Major Wars (2001), which won the 2002 Schroeder-Jervis Award presented by the American Political Science Association for the best book in international history and politics. Ikenberry is the author and editor of many other books. Most recently, he is co-author of Crisis of American Foreign Policy: Wilsonianism in the 21st Century (2009), which explores the Wilsonian legacy in contemporary American foreign policy. He is co-editor with Michael Cox and Takashi Inoguchi of U.S. Democracy Promotion: Impulses, Strategies, and Impacts (2000) and co-editor with Michael Mastanduno of International Relations Theory and the Asia-Pacific (2003). Among his many activities, Ikenberry served as a member of an advisory group at the State Department in 2003-04 and was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations Task Force on U.S.-European relations, the so-called Kissinger-Summers commission.Yoichiro Sato is a Professor and the Director of International Strategic Studies at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Beppu, Japan. He has also taught diplomats and military officers at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies of the U.S. Department of Defense from 2001 to 2009. His major works include Japan ina Dynamic Asia (co-edited with Satu Limaye, 2006), Norms, Interests, and Power in Japanese Foreign Policy (co-edited with Keiko Hirata, 2008), and The Rise of China and International Security (co-edited with Kevin Cooney, 2008). In addition, Sato's articles have appeared in numerous scholarly journals such as Asian Perspective, Asian Affairs, Japan Studies Review, Japanese Studies, and the New Zealand International Review, as well as in newspapers such as Asia Times, International Herald Tribune, Jakarta Post, andJapan Times.

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Table of Contents

Alliance Constrained: Japan, the United States, and Regional Security--Takashi Inoguchi, G. John Ikenberry, and Yoichiro Sato
• Costs and Benefits of the U.S.-Japan Alliance from the Japanese Perspective--Tomohito Shinoda
• Refining the U.S.-Japan Strategic Bargain--Sheila Smith
• The Merits of Alliance: A Japanese Perspective—Logic Underpins Japan’s Global and Regional Security Role--Akiko Fukushima
• Global Costs and Benefits of the U.S.-Japan Alliance: An American View--Michael Mastanduno
• Korea and the Japan-United States Alliance: A Japanese Perspective--Yasuyo Sakata
• Korea and the United States-Japan Alliance: An American Perspective--Scott Snyder
• Liberal Deterrence of China: Challenges in Achieving Japan’s China Policy--Chikako Kawakatsu Ueki
• The Security Dilemma in Asian Architecture: U.S., Japan, and China--Victor Cha
• How Russia Matters in Japan-U.S. Alliance--Akio Kawato
• The U.S.-Japan Alliance and Russia--Joseph Ferguson
• Evolution of the Australia-Japan Security Partnership: Toward A Softer Triangle Alliance with the United States?--Takashi Terada
• The United States, Japan, and Australia: Security Linkages to Southeast Asia--Sheldon Simon
• The North Atlantic Treaty Organization: New Chances for the Japan-U.S. Alliance?--Hitoshi Suzuki
• Conclusion: Active SDF, Coming End of Regional Ambiguity, and Comprehensive Political Alliance--Takashi Inoguchi, G. John Ikenberry, and Yoichiro Sato

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