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May 03

Assessing Prime Minister Noda’s Visit and the U.S. Military Realignment Plan in the Pacific

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s visit to the United States occurs at a time of profound security challenges in Asia. North Korea’s missile launch, which violated UN resolutions and the Leap Day Agreement with Washington, and explicit threats against South Korea raise concerns over Pyongyang’s new leader. China’s growing military capabilities and assertiveness have led Asian leaders to reassess Beijing’s ‘peaceful rising.’

The U.S.- Japanese partnership has recovered from strains brought on the Democratic Party of Japan’s initial security policies. Indeed, U.S. officials commend Prime Minister Noda for providing a new sense of Japanese leadership and resolve. But can Noda overcome systemic Japanese political constraints to make progress on critical alliance and domestic issues?

The biggest accomplishment of the summit will be the joint U.S.-Japanese statement delineating the realignment of U.S. Marine Corps forces in the Pacific. The document is intended to overcome long-standing disputes involving U.S. forward-deployed forces. Will the accord lead to resolution of the controversial Futenma air station? To what degree has the agreement sacrificed U.S. deterrent and defense capabilities in favor of political expediency? Will U.S. defense budget cuts constrain the much-vaunted Asia Pivot?

Join us as our panel discuss the results of the U.S.-Japan summit and assesses the U.S. military realignment in the Asia-Pacific.

More About the Speakers

Lieutenant General George J. Trautman III, USMC (ret.)
Former Deputy Commandant for Aviation of the United States Marine Corps

Dr. James Przystup
Senior Research Fellow, Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University

Paul Giarra
President, Global Strategy and Transformation

Hosted by
Bruce Klingner
Senior Research Fellow, Northeast Asia, Asian Studies Center, The Heritage Foundation