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DIPLOMACY

Abe Power and the US-China Cold War

On November 20, Shinzo Abe became Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, surpassing a predecessor who had ruled over 100 years ago. Until Abe, who took office…
SECURITY

Blowing Hot and Cold Over the South China Sea

Prior to his fifth official visit to China in August, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced that he would raise with his host, President Xi Jinping,…
US-CHINA RELATIONS

Trump Won Trade War 1.0 – Will He Now Rush a Deal?

Since the US-China trade war started in March 2018, the two countries have been slinging tariffs at each other in between the 12 rounds of…
GEOPOLITICS

Flawed Assumptions: Why the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific is Defective

The June 23 decision by members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to adopt the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP) represents a…
DIPLOMACY

History Hurts: Japan and Korea Should Dial their Dispute Down

The ongoing dispute between Japan and Korea has caused uncertainties beyond trade. Seoul unilaterally abandoned the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) – its…
GLOBAL GOVERNANCE

Whose Rules-Based International Order is it Anyway?

As he prepares to welcome his G7 counterparts to their summit in Biarritz on August 24-26, French President Emmanuel Macron may be wondering if he…
GEOPOLITICS

Belt and Road in Southeast Asia: Inevitable Storms

Perhaps one of the most ambitious foreign policy proposals ever made by China, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a clear indication of the…
SECURITY

Denuclearizing North Korea: What Must Happen Next

The late Anglo-American essayist and poet T. S. Eliot once said, “We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will…
ASIA-PACIFIC

The Power of Three: How US-China-Japan Dynamics Shape Asia Pacific

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, as the host of G20 Summit in Osaka, sat between US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, trying…
POLITICS

Democratic Backsliding: Lessons from Interwar Japan

In the summer of 1989, when Francis Fukuyama published his article “The End of History?” in The National Interest and suggested that the battle of…
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