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The Evolution of the U.S.-Japan Alliance and the Dispatch of SDF to Iraq

Recorded on May 5, 2004

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Allison Auditorium

2004 marks the 150th anniversary of the Treaty of Peace and Amity between the United States and Japan. During this period, U.S.-Japan relations have been complex, shifting from friendship to enmity and back to friendship again. Today, Japan is one of America's staunchest allies and is a key strategic partner in Northeast Asia. Japan's dispatch of 1,000 Self-Defense Forces (SDF) troops to Iraq marks an important milestone in the evolution of the U.S.-Japan alliance, but also raises intriguing issues and questions for the future of the relationship. Please join us for a discussion of this important topic.