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J. Berkshire Miller
J. Berkshire Miller

He has nearly ten years of work experience on Asia and has held a variety of positions in the private and public sector.

He also currently holds a fellowship with the Centre for Strategic and International Studies Pacific Forum.

He is a regular contributor to several journals, magazines and newspapers on Asia-Pacific security issues.

Mongolia: More Than Just a Courtesy Call
April 04, 2014
Mongolia: More Than Just a Courtesy Call
The significance of US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s visit to Ulan Bator this month should not be overlooked.
Mongolia: More Than Just a Courtesy Call
Japan’s Strategic Push with Turkey
March 18, 2014
Japan’s Strategic Push with Turkey
With few diplomatic openings in East Asia, Tokyo has been busy forging ties with Ankara.
Japan’s Strategic Push with Turkey
How Will Japan’s New NSC Work?
January 29, 2014
How Will Japan’s New NSC Work?
The National Security Council brings welcome changes, but will it be able to overcome Japanese bureaucracy?
How Will Japan’s New NSC Work?
Japan Doubles Down on ASEAN
December 23, 2013
Japan Doubles Down on ASEAN
Tokyo has had a busy year reaching out to ASEAN countries. Will the effort continue in 2014?
Japan Doubles Down on ASEAN
Is the China-South Korea Honeymoon Over?
November 29, 2013
Is the China-South Korea Honeymoon Over?
Beijing-Seoul ties had been warming considerably, at Japan’s expense. Will the ADIZ row derail them?
Is the China-South Korea Honeymoon Over?
U.S.-Japan-Australia: A Trilateral With Purpose?
October 25, 2013
U.S.-Japan-Australia: A Trilateral With Purpose?
The three countries have stepped up their rhetoric. Now they need to match that with action.
U.S.-Japan-Australia: A Trilateral With Purpose?
Shinzo Abe’s Diplomatic Mission
September 26, 2013
Shinzo Abe’s Diplomatic Mission
The Japanese PM makes an overture to the Chinese president at the recent G20 summit. More is needed.
Shinzo Abe’s Diplomatic Mission
Getting Serious: An End to the Russia-Japan Dispute?
August 19, 2013
Getting Serious: An End to the Russia-Japan Dispute?
It’s not the first time a resolution to the disputed islands has been touted, but conditions now may encourage compromise.
Getting Serious: An End to the Russia-Japan Dispute?
NSC in Japan: Needed, But Still Hurdles
June 17, 2013
NSC in Japan: Needed, But Still Hurdles
Although its focus remains the economy, Japan’s government has taken the first steps in reforming its security infrastructure.
NSC in Japan: Needed, But Still Hurdles
Abe’s North Korean Riddle
June 02, 2013
Abe’s North Korean Riddle
The recent dispatch of an envoy to North Korea was one thing; Abe should be cautious about pursuing a summit.
Abe’s North Korean Riddle
The Indian Piece of Abe’s Security Diamond
May 29, 2013
The Indian Piece of Abe’s Security Diamond
Indian PM Manmohan Singh spent three days in Japan this week. Both countries have China on their mind.
The Indian Piece of Abe’s Security Diamond
Northeast Asia's Free Trade Dream
April 19, 2013
Northeast Asia's Free Trade Dream
Japan, South Korea and China are slowly working towards a free trade agreement. Will old disagreements kill a possible deal?
Northeast Asia's Free Trade Dream
Come Together: Why Japan and South Korea Must Join Hands
March 30, 2013
Come Together: Why Japan and South Korea Must Join Hands
Despite historical tensions and present challenges, Tokyo and Seoul have good reasons to enhance ties.
Come Together: Why Japan and South Korea Must Join Hands
East Asia's New Peacemaker: Mongolia?
March 15, 2013
East Asia's New Peacemaker: Mongolia?
From provocations coming from North Korea to various island spats, East Asia is rife with hotspots. Could Mongolia play a role?
East Asia's New Peacemaker: Mongolia?
Asia's Other Island Spat...Between Japan and Russia
January 24, 2013
Asia's Other Island Spat...Between Japan and Russia
As tensions mount in the East and South China Seas, a dispute over islands between Tokyo and Moscow has also been left unresolved.
Asia's Other Island Spat...Between Japan and Russia
China's Other Territorial Dispute: Baekdu Mountain
December 23, 2012
China's Other Territorial Dispute: Baekdu Mountain
With disputes brewing in the East and South China Seas, there is another piece of territory in Asia that could pose some serious problems...
China's Other Territorial Dispute: Baekdu Mountain
Mongolia's Economic Challenge
December 08, 2012
Mongolia's Economic Challenge
Mongolia hopes to leverage widespread international interest in its Tavan Tolgoi coal mine to diversify its economy.
Mongolia's Economic Challenge
Trouble for Tokyo: Japan's Foreign Policy Challenges
November 02, 2012
Trouble for Tokyo: Japan's Foreign Policy Challenges
Faced with a rising China, Russia's 'pivot' to Asia, and challenges with North and South Korea, Japan may need to reboot its Foreign Policy.
Trouble for Tokyo: Japan's Foreign Policy Challenges
Japan-Australia Ties Key to Regional Stability
September 28, 2012
Japan-Australia Ties Key to Regional Stability
With the strategic landscape of the Asia-Pacific changing, Australia and Japan look to deepen their relationship.
Japan-Australia Ties Key to Regional Stability
Japan and North Korea Set To Talk
August 15, 2012
Japan and North Korea Set To Talk
“Based on the principle of settling the unfortunate past and on restoring normal relations.”
Japan and North Korea Set To Talk
A Step Back For Mongolia
August 07, 2012
A Step Back For Mongolia
Former President Nambaryn Enkhbayar is convicted of corruption. The timing could not be any worse.
A Step Back For Mongolia
China’s Central Asia Balancing Act
August 06, 2012
China’s Central Asia Balancing Act
Sino-Turkmen energy cooperation gives Beijing greater maneuverability in navigating the treacherous geopolitics of the region.
China’s Central Asia Balancing Act
ASEAN & North Korea
July 24, 2012
ASEAN & North Korea
North Korea seemed to be a topic of concern at this year's ASEAN Regional Forum.
ASEAN & North Korea
Can Japan Break the Iran Impasse?
April 09, 2012
Can Japan Break the Iran Impasse?
Former Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama is determined to break the impasse over Iran. But does Japan’s government welcome his initiative?
Can Japan Break the Iran Impasse?
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