U.S.-Japan Alliance in the Indo-Pacific: Unilateral, Bilateral & Multilateral Capabilities

The United States-Japan Alliance serves as a lynchpin for Indo-Pacific regional security, reinforcing the leadership role of the two countries among like-minded nations. In the past several years, and in the context of expanding threats in the Asia Pacific, doors have been opening to a new level of trilateral and multilateral partnerships that may redefine American defense capabilities and diplomatic priorities in the region.

On the evening of February 26, 2024 (Washington, DC)/morning of February 27th (Tokyo), the Japan-America Society of Washington DC, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA, the National War College, and the National War College Alumni Association will host the ninth annual partnership event focusing on the U.S.-Japan Alliance in the Indo Pacific. This year’s event, Unilateral, Bilateral & Multilateral Capabilities, will delve into the distinct capabilities that the United States and Japan bring to the bilateral alliance, as well as opportunities and hurdles for expanded burden sharing. This event will also explore emerging partnerships, in particular, Australia and Korea, and their potential to regional challenges.



Date & Time:
US Eastern – February 26, 2024, 17:30-20:00
Japan – February 27, 2024, 7:30-10:00

Roosevelt Hall, Arnold Auditorium, National War College, Washington DC – (priority to NWC/NDU students/faculty)*
Interactive Virtual (for the general public)

Speaker Bios



17:30 – Welcome

MajGen Paul Rock (USMC), Commandant, National War College (Host)
Ryan Shaffer, President, Japan-America Society of Washington DC
Dr. Satohiro Akimoto, Chairman and President, Sasakawa USA

17:45- Panel Discussion & Q&A: U.S.-Japan Alliance in the Indo Pacific: Unilateral, Bilateral and Multilateral Capabilities

LtGen (Ret) Wallace “Chip” Gregson, Distinguished Senior Fellow (Non-Resident), Sasakawa USA
Motosada Matano, Political Minister, Embassy of Japan
Robert Koepcke, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Japan, Korea, and Mongolia Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Emma Chanlett-Avery, Director of Political-Security Affairs and Deputy Director of Washington, D.C. Office, Asia Society Policy Institute (Moderator)

18:55 – Closing Remarks

Ryan Shaffer,President, Japan-America Society of Washington DC

19:00 – Networking Reception

Networking reception in the Rotunda, featuring Hakutsuru Sake, Kirin Beer and light Japanese “otsumami” (snacks).

The event is sponsored by the Japan-America Society of Washington DC (JASWDC), Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA, (Sasakawa USA), and the National War College, with support from the National War College Alumni Association (NWCAA). 


Fort McNair Access: Please enter via security checkpoint at the 2nd Street Gate.

FOR US CITIZENS WITHOUT DoD-ISSUED CAC IDENTIFICATION: attendees must individually register at https://pass.aie.army.mil/JBMHH/ to be allowed entry to Fort McNair. You will be asked to provide your US driver’s license information (number, state, issuance & expiration dates) and SSNs; the name and date of the event (listed above). Please complete this step soon after you register for this event, and no later than February 22, 2024.

FOR FOREIGN NATIONALS: those desiring to attend in person must complete Section A and C of the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall (JBM-HH) Installation Access Request Form 190-16x (16 May 18) found at: https://home.army.mil/jbmhh/index.php/my-fort/all-services/access-gate-info

Click on “Access Request Form”. Send signed form with email subject of “February International Attendee” to [[email protected]] no later than February 7, 2024.

A representative from the National War College will complete the sponsor information and submit to the Security Office.

Foreign nationals must bring passports/green cards to facilitate gate entry on the date of the event.