Learning to Share the Stage (The New York Times)


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“The rupture and repair of the U.S.-Japan alliance in the 1960s,” Lind writes in the Times, “yield important lessons for U.S. diplomacy. At the time of the security crisis, the alliance was precariously narrow—a military marriage of convenience between Washington and a sliver of Japan’s elite. Fifty years after Robert Kennedy’s visit, Americans should celebrate the alliance’s transformation into an enduring, multilayered relationship. At the same time, America should also learn from its previous failures.”

Read the full story, published 2/5/12 by The New York Times.

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