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Reischauer Center 2019 Memorial Lecture: Daniel Russel

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The U.S.-Japan Alliance and America First: Coping with Changing the Indo-Pacific

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Japan has been buffeted by the twin forces of a more assertive China under Xi Jinping and a less predictable United States under Donald Trump.  In response, the Japanese government has employed a variety of strategies to sustain the post-war rules-based order and to maintain the U.S.-Japan alliance – two key factors in Japan’s security and prosperity.  What are the challenges and the prospects for Japan, the region and the alliance?

Daniel Russel is Vice President for International Security and Diplomacy at the Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI). Previously he served as a Diplomat in Residence and Senior Fellow with ASPI for a one year term. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service at the U.S. Department of State, he most recently served as the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. Prior to his appointment as Assistant Secretary on July 12, 2013, Mr. Russel served at the White House as Special Assistant to the President and National Security Council (NSC) Senior Director for Asian Affairs. During his tenure there, he helped formulate President Obama’s strategic rebalance to the Asia Pacific region, including efforts to strengthen alliances, deepen U.S. engagement with multilateral organizations, and expand cooperation with emerging powers in the region.

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