U.S.-Japan Commission on the Future of the Alliance

An initiative of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and CSIS to develop a strategic vision for the U.S.-Japan alliance.

The Asia Pacific region is the center of dynamism in the international system, and events there are defining the security and prosperity of the world.  Increased economic interdependence and a budding institutional architecture create a solid foundation for a vibrant and stable future, but the region also faces an array of challenges that could destabilize the security environment.  For over six decades the U.S.-Japan alliance has been the cornerstone of security and stability in the Asia Pacific, and it should continue to play an important role in shaping the regional order. 
The U.S. and Japanese governments are taking important steps to strengthen the alliance and ensure that it remains a lynchpin in maintaining regional stability and prosperity.  In 2013 the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) established a bilateral commission of distinguished policymakers and scholars to develop a strategic vision for the alliance.  The commission met for the third time in July 2014, and will continue over the next two years to discuss a range of issues animating the bilateral relationship.