Japan and America Can Restore a Healthy World Order
The United States and Japan need each other to have conclusive impact, as no single democratic power today can serve as catalyst of a renewed world order.
U.S.-Japan efforts to deepen their joint leadership and agenda-setting on global health would be a fitting testament to Abe’s legacy. It will also pave the way for collaboration on other fronts, whether in countering the Chinese government’s malign influence, democratic backsliding in Asia, and other pressing threats such as climate change. The United States and Japan need each other to have a conclusive impact, as no single democratic power today can serve as the catalyst of a renewed world order. Together they can be far more than the sum of the parts.
Mark P. Lagon is Chief Policy Officer at Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s Master of Science in Foreign Service Program; and former U.S. Ambassador-At-Large to Combat Trafficking in Persons.
James Gannon is Senior Fellow at the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE/USA).