Strategic Impact of Shifting Nuclear Security Consciousness in Japan, Phase 2
Center on Contemporary Conflict
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This project extends research completed during Phase I to ask, ﾓWill populism and natural disaster destabilize the US-Japan nuclear bargain?ﾔ NPS aims to fill an important gap in existing research by assessing the volatility of Japanese public opinion toward nuclear power and weapons; the degree to which this influences (or is influenced by) Japanese security policymakers; the resulting impact on the likelihood Japan will maintain its ﾓstrategically rationalﾔ nonnuclear policy stance and on its confidence in the US alliance; and ﾓred flagﾔ indicators and leverage points that allow the U.S. to detect and respond to shifts in these factors.
FY 2012-2013. Project Lead: Weiner, Robert J.