Seventh US-Japan Strategic Dialogue

July 25, 2014 - Maui, HI


Friday, July 25:

Session 1: Assessing Collective Self Defense
How does each country assess the Japanese government’s attempts to update its defense policy? How does each country evaluate the debate to reinterpret the right of collective self-defense,? What is expected to happen? How will those anticipated changes impact the US-Japan alliance and extended deterrence?

Japan Presenter: Matake KAMIYA
US Presenter: Brad GLOSSERMAN

Session 2: Reassuring U.S. Commitments to Japan
How does each country assess President Obama’s trip to Japan and the wider region in April 2014? What factors shape perceptions of US commitment and credibility? How do participants see events in Europe affecting US policy in Asia? How can reassurance be strengthened? How does the Trans-Pacific Partnership and commercial ties align with US commitments to Japan?

US presenter: Jim Schof
Japan presenter: Ken Jimbo

Session 3: Using the US-Japan Alliance to Strengthen Extended Deterrence in East Asia
What can the alliance do, specifically, to strengthen deterrence in the region? Should the emphasis be on individual national action or as an alliance? How do the revisions to the bilateral defense guidelines impact extended deterrence? What should priorities be? What should not be done?

US presenter: Robert MANNING
Japan presenter: Sugio TAKAHASHI

Session 4: Trilateral Options in Asia
How does each country view trilateral defense cooperation? Who are preferred third partners? Why? How can other trilateral options (i.e., not involving the ROK) strengthen extended deterrence? What specifically can be done to facilitate trilateral cooperation? What are the prerequisites for such action?

US presenter: Michael URENA
Japan presenter: Michito TSURUOKA