Bridging Strategic Asia: The Rise of India in East Asia and the Implications for the U.S.-Japan Alliance

As relations between the United States, Japan, and India have evolved gradually over the past decade, the three countries, at both the official and unofficial level, have begun to consider common interests and potential cooperation on a range of international issues.

CSIS partnered with the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) to host a conference in New Delhi, India to discuss respective perspectives on East Asian affairs and bilateral as India heightens its attention to and engagement of East Asia and the United States.

For the second phase of the project, CSIS partnered with Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA) to examine how the U.S.-Japan alliance may be applied to relations with India.  The two 2-day dialogues in Washington, D.C. (Summer 2007) and Tokyo (Winter 2008) each gathered leading representatives from the three countries to evaluate bilateral relations and cultivate common perspectives on key regional security challenges.

A corollary purpose of the initiative is to facilitate contact among a younger generation of experts to build a network that may form the basis for continued interaction and dialogue in the future.  The project’s final report was released in Winter 2008.


  1. Strategic Visions for East Asia

    Toward Greater U.S.-Japan-India Strategic Dialogue and Coordination
    Mike Green

    Arc of Freedom and Prosperity
    Heigo Sato

    India’s Strategic Vision
    Suba Chandran

  2. The Rise of China

    Dealing with a Rising Power: India-China Relations and the Reconstruction of Strategic Partnerships
    Alka Acharya

    The Prospect of China Up to 2020: A View from Japan
    Yasuhiro Matsuda

    The United States and a Rising China
    Derek Mitchell

  3. Nonproliferation

    Strengthening the Nonproliferation Regime in the Era of Nuclear Renaissance: A Common Agenda for Japan, the United States, and India
    Nobumasa Akiyama

    Global Nonproliferation Dynamics: An Indian Perspective
    Lawrence Prabhakar

    Nonproliferation Players and their Policies
    Jon Wolfstal

  4. Energy Security

    Trends in Energy Security
    Mikkal Herberg

    Japan’s Energy Security Policy
    Manabu Miyagawa

    India’s Energy Security
    Chietigj Bajpaee

  5. Economic Convergence

    A U.S. Perspective of Economic Convergence in East Asia
    Krishen Mehta

    New Open Regionalism? Current Trends and Perspectives in the Asia-Pacific
    Fukunari Kimura

  6. Southeast Asia

    U.S. Perspectives on Southeast Asia: Opportunities for a Rethink
    Ben Dolven

    Southeast Asia: A New Regional Order
    Nobuto Yamamoto

    India’s Role in Southeast Asia: The Logic and Limits of Cooperation with the United States and Japan
    Sadanand Dhume

  7. Counter-terrorism

    Japan’s Counterterrorism Policy
    Naofumi Miyasaka

    Counterterrorism Cooperation with the United States and Japan:
    An Indian Perspective
    Manjeet Singh Pardesi

  8. Maritime Security

    Northeast Asia Security Environment: Moving Toward a New Reality
    Mike McDevitt

    Trilateral Maritime Security Partnership for Broad Maritime Security Coalition
    Hideaki Kaneda

    The Maritime Interests of the United States, India, and Japan
    Raja Menon

  9. Human Right & Democracy Promotion

    Japan’s Approach toward Value-Oriented Diplomacy
    Ikuko Togo

    Human Rights and Democracy in India’s Emerging Role in Asia
    Maya Chadda

  10. Conclusion

    The Way Forward in U.S.-Japan-India Relations
    Derek Mitchell

Appendix A:   Conference Agendas

Appendix B:   Conference Summaries

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Appendix C:  Participants

Appendix D:   About the Contributors

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