Issues & Insights Vol. 01 – No. 02

The collision of a U.S. Navy EP-3 reconnaissance plane with a Chinese fighter jet in air space over the South China Sea in April 2001 refocused attention on the region’s territorial disputes and reminded the world that the South China Sea is a site for possible international confrontation.

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Issues & Insights Vol. 01 – No. 01

The revised Defense Guidelines outlining future military cooperation between Japan and the United States should be viewed as a “floor” upon which to build further bilateral defense cooperation and not as a “ceiling” preventing further, deeper cooperation. This was one of the major findings of the October 2000 Special Report on The United States and Japan: Advancing Toward a Mature Partnership produced by the National Defense University’s Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS). The so-called Armitage-Nye Report (after its two primary authors, Richard Armitage, a former assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs in the Reagan administration, and his Clinton-era counterpart Joseph Nye) calls for an expanded Japanese role in the transpacific alliance, while noting that the uncertainties of the post-Cold War regional setting require a more dynamic approach to bilateral defense planning between Washington and Tokyo.

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