The now little-known Ryukyu Archipelago may be—for reasons adduced by Alfred Thayer Mahan in another century, for other islands—of much significance today for protection of Japanese and U.S. maritime interests in the Northwest Pacific.
"The “Consequent Interest” of Japan’s Southwestern Islands: A Mahanian Appraisal of the Ryukyu Archipelago,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 66
, Article 6.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol66/iss2/6