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Joseph Nye, university distinguished service professor, Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations and former dean of the Harvard Kennedy School.
U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and the Global Environment.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Testifying before the Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and the Global Environment, Joseph Nye, university distinguished service professor, Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations and former dean of the Harvard Kennedy School, said that relations between the United States and Japan are better than in the past, though problems do loom.
“Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty that’s been a central feature of stability in East Asia for half a century,” said Nye. “In the current domestic, political uncertainty, the realignment of Japanese politics that you describe could last for some years and cause friction in the alliance. Some people might even ask if this could be the beginning of the end of the alliance. I think not. In fact, if one looks back and compares the situation today with 15 years ago the alliance is stronger rather than weaker.
“Those close observers of the relationship agree that the U.S.-Japan alliance is in much better shape now than it was 15 years ago.”
Nye acknowledged three significant challenges ahead: North Korea’s nuclear weaponry; China’s economic growth; and the rise of a new range of transnational threats like climate change and pandemics.
To watch a video a video of the testimony or read the transcript, visit http://www.hcfa.house.gov/hearing_notice.asp?id=1092