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US Defense Secretary Esper’s Second Asia Trip Puts Alliances in Focus
November 18, 2019

US Defense Secretary Esper’s Second Asia Trip Puts Alliances in Focus

By Ankit Panda
The U.S. secretary of defense contends with cost-sharing and other controversies.

How Ulysses S. Grant Helped Solidify the American Position in East Asia
November 07, 2019

How Ulysses S. Grant Helped Solidify the American Position in East Asia

By Robert Farley
Grant's efforts may have changed the course of America's engagement with Asia.
US State Department Approves Possible F-15J Modernization Sale for Japan
October 30, 2019

US State Department Approves Possible F-15J Modernization Sale for Japan

By Ankit Panda
The F-15J modernization package would supplement other Air Self-Defense Force programs.

Nuclear Deterrence: Mixed Messages for Japan
October 17, 2019

Nuclear Deterrence: Mixed Messages for Japan

Recent U.S. policy has given Japan reason to be both concerned and reassured about its security guarantees.

Japan Officially Selects F-35B for Its STOVL Fighter
August 18, 2019

Japan Officially Selects F-35B for Its STOVL Fighter

By Ankit Panda
The aircraft will eventually see action off refitted Izumo-class light carriers.

Export Controls, History, and Geopolitics: Making Sense of the Japan-South Korea Crisis
July 11, 2019

Export Controls, History, and Geopolitics: Making Sense of the Japan-South Korea Crisis

By Ankit Panda and Prashanth Parameswaran
What’s at the core of rising Japan-South Korea tensions and what will it take for the two countries to walk back?

Top US Asia Diplomat to Visit Japan, Philippines, South Korea, and Thailand in First Overseas Trip
July 10, 2019

Top US Asia Diplomat to Visit Japan, Philippines, South Korea, and Thailand in First Overseas Trip

By Ankit Panda
David R. Stilwell, the new U.S. assistant secretary for East Asia and the Pacific, is off to the region in his first trip.
Did Japan Get What It Wanted From the Osaka G20 Summit?
July 01, 2019

Did Japan Get What It Wanted From the Osaka G20 Summit?

By Daniel Hurst
Evaluating PM Abe’s sideline diplomacy and Japan’s pursuit of previously stated goals.

Largest Japanese Warship Joins US Supercarrier for Bilateral Deployment in South China Sea
June 13, 2019

Largest Japanese Warship Joins US Supercarrier for Bilateral Deployment in South China Sea

By Ankit Panda
The vessels conducted a range of bilateral drills.

US, Japan Downplay Differences During Trump's State Visit
May 29, 2019

US, Japan Downplay Differences During Trump's State Visit

By Daniel Hurst
North Korea, trade, and Iran all remain points of potential friction, but Trump-Abe bonhomie was the center of the trip.

Trump and Abe: The Odd Couple
May 21, 2019

Trump and Abe: The Odd Couple

By Weston S. Konishi
There's a clear strategic rationale for Abe's over-the-top efforts to cultivate a relationship with Trump.
US-Japan Trade Agreement Negotiations: Why Now?
April 20, 2019

US-Japan Trade Agreement Negotiations: Why Now?

By Yuma Osaki
Japan is ready to give Trump a signature economic win. Here's why.

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