The third Young Strategists Forum (YSF) was held in Tokyo from January 31- Feb 4, 2014 in partnership with the Sasakawa Peace Foundation. 17 emerging leaders were selected through a competitive application process and gathered in Tokyo for the four day program. Activities included a half-day seminar on Asian geopolitics taught by Princeton University Professor and GMF Non-Resident Senior Fellow Aaron Friedberg; a 36-hour simulation of long-term competition in the Asia-Pacific led by GMF Transatlantic Fellow Dr. Daniel M. Kliman, with Program Officer Sharon Stirling-Woolsey and CSIS Fellow Zack Cooper facilitating. On the third day participants had a series of meetings in Tokyo with journalists, senior advisors to the Prime Minister, defense officials, and senior Japanese and American diplomats. The meetings were followed by a reception hosted at the US Defense Attaché’s residence. The fourth day was comprised of a tour and briefings on the USS George Washington in Yokosuka. Together, these activities enabled participants to better understand the challenge of pursuing long-term foreign policy objectives amidst short-term crises and provided participants a high-level perspective on the U.S.-Japan alliance and its role in the Asia-Pacific region and position the U.S.-Japan security alliance as a fulcrum of larger security cooperation among a diverse set of democratic nations.