The U.S.-Japan Alliance and Challenges in the Gray Zones

Two-Day Conference

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis reviews the honour guard with Japan's Defense Minister Tomomi Inada (L) at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo, Japan, February 4, 2017,

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis reviews the honour guard with Japan's Defense Minister Tomomi Inada (L) at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo, Japan, February 4, 2017,

Photo by Toru Hanai/Reuters

Date:

March 13-14, 2017

Time:

Day One: 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Day Two: 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m

Location:

RAND Corporation
1776 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA

Program

Against the backdrop of China's use of its fishing fleet for paramilitary purposes, North Korea's burgeoning long-range missile development, continued cyber activity by both nations, and the recent visits by Secretary of Defense Mattis to Japan and Prime Minister Abe to the United States, the importance of the U.S.-Japan alliance for maintaining peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region is clearly growing.

On March 13 and 14, the RAND Corporation will host a two-day conference to discuss the alliance and its ability to ensure a coordinated, seamless response to coercion in gray zone contingencies in the maritime, cyber, and space domains.

Keynote speakers will include former Japanese Minister of Defense Satoshi MORIMOTO and former U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Gary ROUGHEAD. Both speakers played key roles in preparing the U.S.-Japan alliance to respond more flexibly and effectively to the growing challenges posed by regional competitors. Their insights will be supplemented by presentations from Japanese and American experts on how to deter gray zone coercion and the future of the U.S.-Japan alliance.

Satoshi MORIMOTO

Satoshi MORIMOTO

Former Japanese Minister of Defense

Admiral Gary ROUGHEAD

Admiral Gary ROUGHEAD

Former U.S. Chief of Naval Operations

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