"She's about all we can count on at this point so long as President Bush is in office and provided Blair's successor does not feel compelled to differentiate himself by distancing himself from Washington."
"Because for any significant use of force an American president will need to show that at least the Brits are on board. China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan will all be of significant help to Washington over the next decades on particular issues."
"The only country that has will and capabilities to project force around the world with which America has a strategic convergence on most issues."
"Japan ... should be a central pillar of stability in a rapidly changing East Asia."
"Our closest, richest, and strongest ally in the most important region of the world."
"I see over the next thirty years the rise of China is our greatest strategic challenge. We don't want that to become adversarial, but we can't afford to have Japan allied with China against our interests. So Japan becomes the key in this important (but narrow) dimension."
On The European Union
"As the trend for greater coordination of E.U. foreign policies continues, it is still the most capable and like minded partner for broadest range of issues."
"Because for all the differences in interest and diplomatic approach to world problems our interests and values are still closest to theirs, and they still do have significant influence."
On Allies Generally
"It is enormously valuable to have allies to work with in the world, but no ally should be thought of as indispensable. The term implies that we would not be willing or able to defend our interests unless that ally agreed with us and worked with us to do so. No ally, however, has such control over us."
"We must reconstitute 20th century alliances, particularly including nato with a new, broader mandate. Bi-lateral relations will matter less in the 21st century than international alliances."
Methodology: Insiders were asked to name the country they thought will be the most indispensable ally to the U.S. over the next ten years.
Poll Participants: Ken Adelman, Madeleine Albright, Graham Allison, Ronald Asmus, Sandy Berger, Daniel Blumenthal, Max Boot, Steven Bosworth, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Ivo Daalder, James Dobbins, Lawrence Eagleburger, Leslie Gelb, Marc Grossman, Douglas Feith, John Gaddis, Jay Garner, John Hamre, Gary Hart, Bruce Hoffman, John Hulsman, Robert Hunter, Robert Kagan, David Kay, John Lehman, James Lindsay, Jessica Mathews, William Nash, Joseph Nye, Carlos Pascual, Kenneth Pollack, Thomas Pickering, Joseph Ralston, Wendy Sherman, Ann Marie Slaughter, James Steinberg, Susan Rice, and Anthony Zinni.