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ADVISORY: CAP to Host Discussion on Role of U.S.-Japan Alliance in Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction
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ADVISORY: CAP to Host Discussion on Role of U.S.-Japan Alliance in Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction

Washington, D.C. — The Center for American Progress will host an important and timely discussion on how the U.S.-Japan Alliance plays a critical role in addressing resurgent and evolving threats from weapons of mass destruction. Just this week, the United States and Japan were reminded of the acute state-based danger posed by North Korea. Continued chemical weapons use in Syria and the threat of terrorist organizations like the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, becoming increasingly capable of obtaining or improvising weapons of mass destruction also call for close U.S.-Japan cooperation.

Top experts from both countries will highlight how Japan and the United States have successfully collaborated to stem proliferation, create options for reducing nuclear weapons threats, advance biosecurity, destroy chemical weapons stockpiles, and otherwise reduce risks of weapons of mass destruction. This event will explore the special role of the alliance in 2016—a year of unique opportunities for Japan to advance global norms—and shed light on how deterrence, arms control, and disarmament combine to form both countries’ leadership to counter the global threats of weapons of mass destruction in the modern era.

Introductory remarks:
Neera Tanden, President, Center for American Progress

Keynote remarks:
Rose Gottemoeller, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security

Ambassador Nobuyasu Abe, former Under Secretary-General of the United Nations for Disarmament Affairs
Andrew Weber, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs
Narushige Michishita, Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies

Vikram Singh, Vice President for National Security and International Policy, Center for American Progress

January 14, 2016, 1:30 p.m. ET-3:00 p.m. ET

Center for American Progress
1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005

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For more information on this topic or to speak with an expert, contact Tom Caiazza at [email protected] or 202.481.7141.