Report of the Trilateral Task Force on Sharing Global Responsibilities to The Trilateral Commission
The authors of this volume, Nobuhiko Ushiba, career diplomat and former Japanese Ambassador to the United States; Graham Allison, Harvard professor of politics and consultant to various government agencies; and Thierry de Montbrial, Director of the French Institute of International Relations, are eminently qualified to discuss questions central to the issue of sharing responsibilities among the Trilateral partners: Why should Japan, North America, and Western Europe share responsibilities? How broad or narrow a partnership should the Trilateral nations strive for? How should responsibilities be shared? and Can Trilateral partners sustain the minimum levels of cooperation necessary to achieve vital common objectives?
The authors suggest how the partnership should mature in the face of new geopolitical realities and threats to common interests, and underline the necessity of designing a sharing arrangement in which a wide range of national interests and perceptions can be incorporated. Portraits of three areas of principal challenge—the international economic system, the Soviet challenge, and the developing world—are sketched and a program for action outlined. In conclusion, the following recommendations are made: strengthening GATT, establishing a regular forum for summit-level discussions of political and security issues, and improving Third World access to Trilateral markets, private capital, and foreign aid. An appendix of 27 charts and tables presents factual background on the benefits, capacities, and contributions of the partners in economic, political, military, and geographic terms.
- Why Share?
- Perceptions and Trends in Japan, the United States, Canada and Western Europe
- Areas of Principal Challenge
New York: The Trilateral Commission, 1983
112 pages; paper