May 16, 2022
Does the Russia-Ukraine War Herald a New Era for Japan’s Security Policy?
By Craig Kafura
Is the war in Ukraine creating a Japanese Zeitenwende? It might be up to Prime Minister Kishida.
June 10, 2017
What Did Japan Learn in South Sudan?
By Michael Bosack
The significance of the Japan Self-Defense Force deployment to the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan.
June 07, 2017
Japan’s Mistaken South Sudan Withdrawal
By Jeffrey W. Hornung
The withdrawal harms Japan's operational readiness and its international reputation.
May 09, 2017
Japan Dispatches Biggest Warship to Protect US Navy Vessel, Putting New Security Law to Work
By Franz-Stefan Gady
Japan has issued its first order to protect a U.S. Navy warship under the country’s new security legislation.
March 07, 2017
Abe’s Trump Challenge and Japan's Foreign Policy Choices
By Carlos Ramirez
Will Japan use Trump's presidency as impetus to commit to a new Asian security architecture in the region?
January 18, 2017
Why the New Japan-Australia Military Pact Matters
By Prashanth Parameswaran
A closer look at the significance of the signing of a new defense pact.
November 03, 2016
Celebrating Japan’s Constitution, 70 Years Later
By Dennis Blair and Daniel Bob
A look back at the past -- and ahead to the future -- of Japan's post-war constitution.
October 27, 2016
Japan's New Security Laws Could See First Test in South Sudan
By Mina Pollmann
A GSDF unit joining UN peacekeepers in South Sudan could be the first authorized to use force beyond self defense.
November 24, 2015
Japan’s New Approach to Defense Technology
By Crystal Pryor
A look at Japan's new Acquisition Technology and Logistics Agency and its recent Defense Technology Symposium.
November 13, 2015
The Truth About Japan's New Security Legislation Debate
By Masato Kamikubo
Despite fierce resistance to the bills, the debate was a win for Japan's democracy.
October 29, 2015
Why Japan Won't Get Too Involved in the South China Sea
By Shannon Tiezzi
Domestic constraints will keep Japan from beefing up its security presence in the South China Sea.
October 22, 2015
Japan: Pacifism Is Not a Moral Choice
By Yukari Easton
"Only in Japan is unilateral pacifism considered by so many to be viable national policy."