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Japan's rising security challenges
Japan's decision to reinterpret its pacific constitution to allow the right to collective defence has angered China. It is crafting a more active role in security and defence in responsible to rising instability in Northeast Asia.
A new cold war?
The growing tensions around the world, including in East and Southeast Asia, are reminiscent of the old power play between the great powers. Are we headed towards a new Cold War?
Yasukuni shrine and museum: Japan’s WW2 responsibility
While the Yasukuni shrine memorialises Japan’s war dead its accompanying museum gives a revisionist view of Japan’s responsibility for the Second World War that is troubling.
US air campaign against ISIS : a more balanced pivot to East Asia?
Obama’s declaration of a systematic air campaign against ISIS militants in Iraq and military assistance to Iraq and Kurdish forces are the beginning of a new long term involvement in the Middle East. It marks a more balanced ...
Has global finance finally been tamed?
Unlike the 2001 default which shook the world, last week's Argentinian default has had more muted impacts anf bondholders are sanguine. Has global finance finally been tamed?