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NBR Reports (Dec 2008)

Assessing the Trilateral Strategic Dialogue

William Tow, Michael Auslin, Rory Medcalf, Akihiko Tanaka, Zhu Feng and Sheldon W. Simon

Recent efforts to introduce “minilateral” cooperation by expanding trilateral security cooperation between Australia, Japan, and the United States—an initiative known as the Trilateral Strategic Dialogue (TSD)—are particularly noteworthy and warrant special attention. The articles in this report provide findings and policy recommendations regarding the TSD’s future.

Table of Contents

The Trilateral Strategic Dialogue: Facilitating Community-Building or Revisiting Containment
William Tow

Shaping a Pacific Future: Washington's Goal for the Trilateral Strategic Dialogue
Michael Auslin

Squaring the Triangle: An Australian Perspective on Asian Security Minilateralism
Rory Medcalf

Trilateral Strategic Dialogue: a Japanese Perspective
Akihiko Tanaka

TSD—Euphemism for Multiple Alliance?
Zhu Feng

The United States, Japan, and Australia: Security Linkages to Southeast Asia
Sheldon W. Simon

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