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Jennifer Lind

Jennifer Lind is an associate professor of government at Dartmouth College and a faculty associate at the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University. She is the author of "Sorry States: Apologies in International Politics," a book that examines the effect of war memory on international reconciliation (Cornell University Press, 2008). Professor Lind received a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on the international security relations of East Asia, and U.S. foreign policy toward the region. Follow on Twitter @profLind.

In the U.S.-Japan alliance, although the allies share important common interests, their interests do not perfectly align. In particular, their interests diverge in two areas--the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands (disputed by China and Japan), and the issue of historical reconciliation.

Jennifer Lind
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