Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Political Science

First Committee Member

Robert Bigler

Number of Pages



The objective of this thesis is to address the nature of Japanese-American bilateral relations in the twentieth century. An adaptation of George Modelski's theory of global long cycles is the tool used to analyze the relationship. This adaptation gives a broader evaluation of the relationship and provides a basis for predicting possible economic shifts. The focus of the analysis is an exploration of whether changes occurring in the post-1980s lay the ground work for a new stage of friction similar to that of the interwar period. Specifically, the argument is that the United States is in a period of decline and that Japan is vying for the role of Pacific leader in the twenty-first century. An examination is made of the relative decline of American power in the Pacific and the challenge posed by other actors, specifically Japan, to the United States' governments role as the Pacific's leader and its main power. (Abstract shortened with permission of author.).


American; Comparison; Cycles; Dilemma; Framework; George; Japanese; Modelski; Relationship Theoretical; Theoretical framework

Controlled Subject

International law; Economic history; Economics

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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