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What the G7 Fiasco Means for Japan
June 12, 2018
What the G7 Fiasco Means for Japan
Japan's goals -- maintaining the U.S.-Japan alliance and upholding the liberal international order -- have never been more at odds.
What the G7 Fiasco Means for Japan
What China’s RIMPAC Exclusion Means for US Allies
May 26, 2018
What China’s RIMPAC Exclusion Means for US Allies
Japan, in particular, was likely encouraged.
What China’s RIMPAC Exclusion Means for US Allies
Trump Cancels the June 12 Summit With Kim Jong Un: What Now?
May 25, 2018
Trump Cancels the June 12 Summit With Kim Jong Un: What Now?
With the June 12 summit in Singapore cancelled, what lies ahead for the Korean Peninsula?
Trump Cancels the June 12 Summit With Kim Jong Un: What Now?
Japan's Foreign Policy Balancing Act
May 17, 2018
Japan's Foreign Policy Balancing Act
This year's Diplomacy Bluebook shows Japan scrambling to square long-held positions with rapid changes in the region.
Japan's Foreign Policy Balancing Act
Japan’s US Air Base Safety Probe in Deadlock
May 11, 2018
Japan’s US Air Base Safety Probe in Deadlock
After a series of U.S helicopter safety mishaps, plans to inspect the U.S. marine base have been met with resistance.
Japan’s US Air Base Safety Probe in Deadlock
Rethinking the Early Years of the US-Japan Alliance and Soviet Competition
April 24, 2018
Rethinking the Early Years of the US-Japan Alliance and Soviet Competition
The early years of the U.S.-Japan alliance in the post-war era were rocky.
Rethinking the Early Years of the US-Japan Alliance and Soviet Competition
The Trump-Abe Summit: More Than Meets the Eye
April 16, 2018
The Trump-Abe Summit: More Than Meets the Eye
Looking beyond short-term crises to the long-term implications for the U.S.-Japan alliance.
The Trump-Abe Summit: More Than Meets the Eye
Japan Activates Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade
April 09, 2018
Japan Activates Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade
Japan activates its equivalent of a marine unit for the first time since World War II.
Japan Activates Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade
Japan to Study Feasibility of New Long-Range Radar Site in Western Pacific
April 04, 2018
Japan to Study Feasibility of New Long-Range Radar Site in Western Pacific
Interest in the radar is spurred by increasing Chinese military activity in the western Pacific Ocean.
Japan to Study Feasibility of New Long-Range Radar Site in Western Pacific
Japan’s Security Alliance Dilemma
March 24, 2018
Japan’s Security Alliance Dilemma
Tokyo has serious concerns about the U.S.-North Korea dialogue and also the potential of nuclear war.
Japan’s Security Alliance Dilemma
Why Are US Allies Japan and South Korea Drawing Closer to Russia?
March 20, 2018
Why Are US Allies Japan and South Korea Drawing Closer to Russia?
Rational self-interest and energy security are more important than Western politics for US allies in Northeast Asia.
Why Are US Allies Japan and South Korea Drawing Closer to Russia?
How Does Japan View the US View of Preemption on the Korean Peninsula?
March 20, 2018
How Does Japan View the US View of Preemption on the Korean Peninsula?
The Trump administration has decided to rhetorically investigate a policy that neither Seoul nor Tokyo can genuinely support.
How Does Japan View the US View of Preemption on the Korean Peninsula?
Japan’s Belt and Road Puzzle, Decoded
February 28, 2018
Japan’s Belt and Road Puzzle, Decoded
Japan's support for the Belt and Road is contingent on shaping China into a responsible global player.
Japan’s Belt and Road Puzzle, Decoded
How Did Japan Lose Its Air Superiority Advantage?
February 17, 2018
How Did Japan Lose Its Air Superiority Advantage?
Once one of the world’s most capable air forces, Japan now finds itself outmatched in air-to-air combat capabilities.
How Did Japan Lose Its Air Superiority Advantage?
The North Korea Crisis in Regional Context
December 18, 2017
The North Korea Crisis in Regional Context
A look at the geopolitical drivers of policy in North Korea, China, and elsewhere.
The North Korea Crisis in Regional Context
George Kennan’s Other Long Telegram — About the Far East
December 05, 2017
George Kennan’s Other Long Telegram — About the Far East
The author of Cold War containment recommended U.S. retrenchment across the board in Asia.
George Kennan’s Other Long Telegram — About the Far East
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