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The U.S.-Japan Alliance: Past, Present, and Future
The U.S.-Japan Alliance: Past, Present, and Future
Edited by Michael J. Green and Patrick M. Cronin
Council on Foreign Relations Press, 1999, 403 pp
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Green and Cronin have edited a different type of study of the alliance and its problems: a collection of authors engaging in highly detailed and technical policy analysis. Logical rigor and factual precision, rather than personalities, characterize this work. The authors pose tough questions about the priorities of American policy -- toward not just Japan but also the rest of Asia. The editors conclude that a reaffirmation of the alliance will require a new definition of roles and policies, which in turn should engage China and work toward a global security partnership.