Past eventResearch Event

Japan's Grand Strategy and the US-Japan Alliance

27 January 2017 - 12:30 to 13:30

Chatham House, London


Richard J. Samuels, Ford International Professor of Political Science and Director, Center for International Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Chair: John Nilsson-Wright, Senior Research Fellow, Asia Programme



For the past 70 years, US governments have assumed that Japan's security policies would reinforce American interests in Asia. Both the United States and Asia are changing rapidly, however: China's rise, North Korea's missile and nuclear programmes, and Donald Trump’s questioning of US alliance commitments now command strategic review in Tokyo. What is the next step for Japan's security policy? Will confluence with US interests – and the alliance – survive intact? How will it be transformed? Professor Samuels will explore how changes in the regional security environment intersect with changes in domestic Japanese politics to shape Japan's grand strategic choices.

This event is funded by the Nippon Foundation, and held in partnership with them and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.