Why the NATO Nuclear Debate Is Relevant to Japan and Vice Versa
The debate within the NATO alliance on nuclear issues is increasingly seen to be of direct relevance to Japan. In both cases, the issues being debated include the future role of tactical U.S. nuclear weapons and consultative mechanisms with Washington. The common concern is whether the United States requires specific weapon systems to maintain the confidence of allies. In both NATO and the U.S.-Japan alliance, expanding consultations to include nonnuclear elements such as missile defense would strengthen existing relations. Additionally, by sharing their understanding of nuclear issues with one another, experts in the United States and its allied countries could help create a basis on which the credibility of extended deterrence can be maintained.