Towards the Common Defense: U.S. and Japan Security Ties

Part Three of the U.S. Japan Alliance Conference Series

U.S. Army and the JGSDF at attention

Date – Time:

December 5th, 2014 – 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


RAND Corporation
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Santa Monica, CA
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About the Conference Series

The United States and Japan have been allies for over 60 years. Today, that alliance is being put to the test. An increasingly assertive China, the potential for North Korean nuclear weapons, and shifting political and economic forces have forced American and Japanese leaders to review the ties that have provided for the common defense of both countries since 1952. Additionally, recent policy moves by Japan have opened up the possibility for new and expanded cooperation.

Join us at the RAND Corporation headquarters campus as we discuss these challenges with a distinguished panel of experts from the RAND Corporation, Nikkei, Hokkaido University, and Kanagawa University.


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Topics and Speakers

Strengthening and deepening the US-Japan alliance is at the center of both US and Japanese foreign and security policies. Join us to examine how issues of basing, missile defense, defense industrial cooperation, and space and scientific cooperation pose challenges and opportunities on both sides of the Pacific. By highlighting areas where obstacles and opportunities exist, this conference will contribute to a better understanding of the pathways ahead to build a closer bilateral relationship.


Alan Vick, Senior Political Scientist, RAND
Rachel Swanger, Associate Dean Pardee Graduate School, RAND
Mark Lorell, Senior Political Scientist, RAND
Ryo Sahashi, Associate Professor of International Politics at Kanagawa University
Sunohara Tsuyoshi, Senior Staff Writer, Nikkei
Chad Ohlandt, Engineer, RAND
Kazuto Suzuki, Professor of International Politics, Hokkaido University