Center for American Progress

: The US-Japan Alliance: Priorities for 2021
Past Event

The US-Japan Alliance: Priorities for 2021

Center for American Progress
2:00 - 3:00 PM EST

US-Japan Alliance

As 2021 begins, the United States and Japan will be facing a series of grave challenges, from the COVID-19 pandemic to the economic crisis to increasingly concerning actions by China. With Japan’s new prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, taking power in September, and U.S. President-elect Joe Biden coming into office in January 2021, the U.S.-Japan alliance is going to need to chart a course for close cooperation over the next year to weather these geopolitical obstacles. At the same time, the allies will need to draw on the capacity of the alliance to proactively tackle shared challenges in Asia and beyond, ranging from the climate crisis to human rights atrocities.

Please join the Center for American Progress on Thursday, December 3, for a virtual panel discussion on the current state of the U.S.-Japan alliance and how the two sides should be thinking about the year ahead. Our panel will address the need for the allies to work together to strengthen multilateral institutions in Asia, support human rights, devise effective policies to address the challenges posed by China and North Korea, and more.

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Francisco Bencosme, Senior Policy Adviser, Open Society Foundations
Melanie Hart, Senior Fellow and Director of China Policy, Center for American Progress
Amb. Kristie Kenney, former U.S. Ambassador to Thailand, the Philippines, and Ecuador
Tetsuo Kotani, Senior Fellow, Japan Institute for International Affairs

Michael Fuchs, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress