Geopolitico

Jim Thomas: US, Japan forces must act together over assertive China

There is growing concern in Washington, shared by Democrats and Republicans alike, about the security situation in the Asia-Pacific region. This concern stems from year-after-year increases in China's defense spending, its assertive behavior toward i...

  • Bruce Stokes: Despite protectionist image, Americans want freer trade with Japan

    President Barack Obama will make a state visit to Japan April 24-25, the first such formal journey to the Land of the Rising Sun by an American chief of state since President Bill Clinton's visit in 1996. High on the agenda in Obama's bilateral d...

  • Arthur Waldron: Japan needs its own military might

    With China's unmistakable climb toward the status of great military power, along with Beijing's unnerving but demonstrated willingness to use that power for purposes of territorial expansion, Japan faces two sets of national security problems. These ...

  • Yukie Yoshikawa: Okinawa deepens grass-roots ties with US

    In the painful aftermath of World War II, many Japanese scholars and businesspeople came to the realization that a lack of communication and mutual understanding across the Pacific contributed to that bloody conflict; they were determined to bridge t...

  • Flight MH370 shows Southeast Asia in unflattering light

    Over the last fortnight, the mystery and confusion surrounding Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 have been the subject of intense scrutiny by the global media. The resulting portrait, of Malaysia specifically and Southeast Asia more generally, has been le...

  • Russia's affront to international order poses global risks

    TOKYO -- The Russian move to annex Crimea threatens the post-Cold War world order. It shows how easily one nation's arrogance can redraw borders even in peacetime. In one sense, the Cold War upheld the international order that emerged from World ...

  • Edward Luttwak: Putin's unhindered advance won't go unnoticed in China

    China is claiming hundreds of islands and reefs, along with millions of square kilometers of ocean, from Japan, the Philippines, Malaysia and Vietnam. It also claims most of the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. For the countries resisting Chinese d...

  • Glen S. Fukushima: Toward a balanced US-Japan relationship

    A curious aspect of contemporary U.S.-Japan relations is the strong preference of the Japanese establishment (the Liberal Democratic Party, government bureaucracy, business community, and much of the mass media) for Republicans over Democrats. ...

  • Ukraine‚Äôs implications for Asia

    The conflict in Ukraine that has unfolded in recent weeks is not simply a regional crisis. Asian nations are watching to see whether a revanchist great power can launch a military attack against a pro-Western neighbor with impunity. There are nine le...

  • UICHIRO NIWA: China isn't done with Abe's Yasukuni visit

    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo late last year was met with a relatively muted Chinese reaction. China and South Korea condemned Japan, but there was an impression that Seoul politicians responded more angrily than their...

  • Brahma Chellaney: Energy challenges test water-stressed Asia

    Asia is attracting more attention than ever before, in large part because of its re-emergence after a two-century decline. Amid the world's ever-growing energy focus, Asia's serious energy challenges have driven sharpening oil-and-gas competition the...

  • Ezra F. Vogel: Can China and Japan return to the '80s?

    From the time of Deng Xiaoping's remarkably successful visit to Japan in October 1978 until his withdrawal from the political stage in 1992, Japan and China made strides toward reconciliation. Japanese visitors to China expressed remorse for the pain...

  • Shinichi Kitaoka: Japan's new national security policy based on 'proactive pacifism'

    Japan's National Security Council (NSC) was established this past Dec. 4. On Dec. 17, the National Security Strategy and the new National Defense Program Guidelines were adopted by the Cabinet. Some people question these decisions, wondering why they...

  • Peter Tasker: Tokyo's new governor wins super-job -- and super-headaches

    Like Michael Bloomberg in New York and Boris Johnson in London, anyone who becomes governor of the sprawling metropolis of Tokyo has to combine the roles of CEO and No. 1 salesman. In Tokyo's case there are additional challenges such as preparing for...

  • Willy Lam: The pitfalls of brinkmanship

    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's brand of diplomacy is perhaps the most vigorous to have come out of Japan in more than a decade. After apparently reviving the Japanese economy, the assertive Liberal Democratic Party leader has to some extent put Chi...

  • Thitinan Pongsudhirak: Southeast Asia can help out its friends in the north

    The idea of an Asian Century resonated far and wide not so long ago. Now there are doubts. Promises of Asian prosperity and global economic preeminence have given way to worries about interlocking security dilemmas. Some major Asian states appear...

  • Bruce Stokes: Demographic clocks ticking all across Asia

    East Asia's demographic clock is ticking, and it's loudest in Japan. But by the middle of the century South Korea may face an equal aging challenge, with China not far behind. Meanwhile, few East Asians are confident of an adequate standard of living...

  • What's in store for Myanmar's constitution? Two views

    The unveiling of Myanmar's long-awaited report on constitutional amendment will signal a new phase in the country's transition. The report, to be presented Jan. 31 by a 109-member parliamentary committee, will set out proposed changes after consideri...

  • Emmanuel Todd: The paradox of America's fading empire

    The most important event of 2013 was the change in the relationship between the U.S. and Iran (through the nuclear talks). This is a major point. I have always said that a new kind of civil society has emerged in Iran, so there is nothing new as far ...

  • Learning from supertyphoon Haiyan

    When Haiyan, known locally as Yolanda, battered the Visayas Islands in the central Philippines on Nov. 8, the strongest typhoon ever recorded momentarily paralyzed the global community. The world watched the horrifying mismatch between Mothe...