“East Asian Regional Security Futures: Theater Missile Defense Implications”

The United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan, June 24-5, 2000






On June 24-5, the Nautilus Institute and The United Nations University jointly convened the collaborative workshop, “East Asian Regional Security Futures: Theater Missile Defense Implications.”

The purpose of the meeting was to increase communication and knowledge of current theater missile defense (TMD) proposals among specialists from China, Japan and the United States. The main goals of the meeting were to reduce misperceptions and clarify mutual understandings of the issues, and to explore constructive resolutions of conflicting positions.


The meeting brought together a small group of specialists for an open exchange of views on the implications of TMD development and deployment. The agenda of the meeting included brief presentations on the diplomatic, military and technical dimensions of current TMD proposals, and the relationship of TMD to U.S. national missile defense (NMD) proposals. The meeting provided full opportunities for dialog and discussion, comprising both supportive and critical perspectives.


This set of web pages provides information on the composition, organization and results of the meeting, including the following items (active links represent information currently available):



This meeting culminated the first phase of the Missile Defense Initiative, a project examining the role of TMD in the long-term evolution of East Asian regional security. The Missile Defense Initiative is a current focus of the Nautilus Institute’s ongoing Nuclear Policy Project.

This work is supported by grants from the Ford Foundation, theMacArthur Foundation, the Ploughshares Fund, and the Japan-United States Friendship Commission.