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Japan should follow Germany's lead on Ukraine

Hard military power remains the best defense

| Japan
Olaf Scholz, pictured in Berlin on Feb. 26: the German Chancellor announced that Germany would immediately shift to spend 2% of its GDP on defense.   © dpa/AP

Elbridge Colby is a principal at the Marathon Initiative. He served as U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development from 2017-2018 and is author of "The Strategy of Denial: American Defense in an Age of Great Power Conflict."

Russia's abominable invasion of Ukraine is likely to be a hinge point in history. It surely must lay to rest the idea that history is over, that power politics and the possibility of major war are gone from the developed areas of the world.

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