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Ukraine war challenges world's middle powers to lead

Japan and Israel must embrace new initiatives in the Middle East and Asia

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Destroyed Russian tanks in Sumy, Ukraine, on Mar. 7: this war may turn out to be a watershed moment for the future shape of the world order. (Handout photo from the Ukrainian Ground Forces)   © Reuters

Gedaliah Afterman is head of the Asia Policy Program at the Abba Eban Institute for International Diplomacy at Rechiman University (IDC Herzliya). Satoshi Ikeuchi is professor of religion and global security at the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Tokyo.

Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine has turned over the toy box of global politics, possibly with grave consequences.

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