March 18, 2011

Disaster in Japan: Nuclear Energy, the Economy and the U.S.-Japan Alliance

By Christine Parthemore, Daniel Kliman and Patrick M. Cronin

In Disaster in Japan: Nuclear Energy, the Economy and the U.S.-Japan Alliance, CNAS experts provide their perspectives on three critical areas: America's vital alliance with Japan, the world’s energy future and the Japanese economy.

The U.S.-Japan Alliance. Daniel Kliman suggests there may be a transformation of Japan’s domestic politics, a possible reorientation of Japan’s defense policy including changing attitudes toward the American military presence and new pressures on Japanese defense expenditures.

The World's Energy Future. Christine Parthemore writes, "as Japan’s nuclear energy future is altered, the world’s nuclear energy future will shift as well.” She analyzes whether the crisis will induce a retreat from nuclear energy, if development of next-generation nuclear reactors will accelerate and whether global confidence in Japanese nuclear technology will falter.

The Japanese Economy and Ripple Effects. David Asher and Patrick Cronin write, "The severity of the nuclear meltdown is crucial and may determine whether Japan eventually bounces back to its original economic trajectory or plunges into another deep recession."


  • Christine Parthemore

  • Daniel Kliman

    Senior Fellow (on long-term military leave), Indo-Pacific Security Program

    Daniel M. Kliman is currently on long-term military leave from CNAS. He has been involuntarily mobilized to active duty by the U.S. Navy to support American military operation...

  • Patrick M. Cronin

    Former Senior Advisor and Senior Director, Asia-Pacific Security Program

    Patrick M. Cronin is a former Senior Advisor and Senior Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Previously, he was the ...

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