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Pacific Alliance

Reviving U.S.-Japan Relations

Kent E. Calder

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August 31, 2010
312 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
25 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300168341

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Despite the enduring importance of the U.S.–Japan security alliance, the broader relationship between the two countries is today beset by sobering new difficulties. In this comprehensive comparative analysis of the transpacific alliance and its political, economic, and social foundations, Kent E. Calder, a leading Japan specialist, asserts that bilateral relations between the two countries are dangerously eroding as both seek broader options in a globally oriented world.

Calder documents the quiet erosion of America’s multidimensional ties with Japan as China rises, generations change, and new forces arise in both American and Japanese politics. He then assesses consequences for a twenty-first-century military alliance with formidable coordination requirements, explores alternative foreign paradigms for dealing with the United States, adopted by Britain, Germany, and China, and offers prescriptions for restoring U.S.–Japan relations to vitality once again.

Kent E. Calder is director of the Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies at SAIS, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D.C. He has served as special advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to Japan and Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

"U.S.-Japan alliance ties critically need broadening and strengthening in the cultural and social, as well as military spheres. This book gives us concrete ideas, drawn from across history and around the world, on how to do it."—Walter F. Mondale, former U.S. Ambassador to Japan, and former Vice President of the United States

“The Japan-US alliance is faced with many challenges in a multi-polar world which is dramatically different from the time when it was formed. This thought-provoking book reminds us of the ever increasing importance of the alliance in the 21st century and offers practical ways and means to strengthen it.”— Shunji Yanai, former Japanese Ambassador to the United States

"An indispensable book for the future of the alliance."—Professor Terumasa Nakanishi, Kyoto University

“Kent Calder has written an important book.  Pacific Alliance will be a valuable addition to the literature on Asian security and foreign policy.”—Nayan Chanda, Director of Publications, YaleGlobal Online Magazine and author of Bound Together: How Traders, Preachers, Adventurers and Warriors Shaped Globalization

“A volume that will appeal to beginners and to specialists, to practitioners and to scholars of international politics and security relations. . . . Interesting and thought-provoking . . . makes[s] important contributions.”

--Andrew L. Oros, Pacific Affairs


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