Date of Graduation

Spring 2009


Master of Science in Defense and Strategic Studies


Defense and Strategic Studies

Committee Chair

Bradley Thayer


United States-Japan security alliance, Soviet Union, Russian Federation, People's Republic of China, Republic of Korea, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, weapons of mass destruction, ballistic missiles

Subject Categories

Defense and Security Studies


Throughout the Cold War, the U.S.-Japanese security alliance promoted stability and prosperity in the Asia Pacific region. Today, this alliance remains a vital component of both the United States and Japan's grand strategies. In the post-Cold War era, Japan now faces a diverse set of threats and challenges. This thesis argues that Japan has and will respond to threats by seeking to strengthen its alliance with the United States. By understanding how threats affect Japan's alliance behavior, the United States can build a more effective partnership with Japan.


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