On March 15, the National Committee on American Foreign Policy and the Japan Society partnered to host a timely program on prospects for security cooperation between the United States, Japan and Australia. These three countries share many common interests in the Asia-Pacific region and are historically linked to mutual allies and friends in the region.
The event featured Rear Admiral (Ret.) Michael McDevitt, Senior Fellow, Center for Naval Analyses; Professor Rory Medcalf Head of the National Security College, Australian National University; Lt. Gen. (Ret). Noboru Yamaguchi, Professor, International University of Japan. The evening was moderated by Evans J.R. Revere, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution.
Summary of Remarks
The panelists concerned themselves primarily with competing maritime sovereignty claims in the East and South China Sea. These claims have the potential to spark a dangerous conflict between major powers in East Asia. Such a conflict could threaten the principles of free and fair passage that support global commerce and engagement and to which the U.S. and regional partners are deeply committed. They answered questions such as: how should the U.S., Japan and Australia work together to uphold existing international norms and laws?
A video recording of the event is available on through the Japan Society: Please Click Here