Allies or Rivals? The Future of U.S.-Japan Relations

by John Arquilla, Theodore W. Karasik

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This Documented Briefing analyzes the possible pahts that U.S.-Japan economic and security relations might follow after the Cold War. It is designed to stimulate dialogue on the issue of interdependence and its related implications for policy. This presentation should be of interest to public and private groups in both countries as they search for ways to guide bilateral relations. This research project fuses elements of traditional thinking about international relations and game theory to create a fresh analytic framework capable of elaborating the relative importance of and interplay between strategic and economic factors. Particular emphasis is given to the effect s that amending the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty might have upon bilateral economic relations, and to the manner in which movement from primarily laissez-faire to more managed trade policies might bear upon security issues. The RAND Center for U.S._Japan Relations has sponsored this work.

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