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Trump’s Grand Strategy and What it Means for Asia

The Trump administration has been criticized for lacking a grand strategy. Instead of having a coherent long-term plan toward which all foreign policy will be oriented, it has been suggested that the new president will be guided by personal instinct and will pursue disconnected, short-term goals. Strategic thinking is therefore expected to give way to […]

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Leon Panetta: “The only predictable thing about the Trump administration is that it will be unpredictable”

Sankei Shimbun’s Kazuyuki Sakamoto recently interviewed former secretary of defense Leon Panetta over email to learn his thoughts about the world’s most significant threats to international security, the prospects for the new Trump administration, and more. An abridged transcript of their discussion is below:   Q: What would you say are the most critical potential […]

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The Media and its Role in Japan-Korea Relations: The View from Seoul

The two top Japan experts in South Korea’s newspapers are probably Shim Gyu-seon, an editorial consultant for the Dong-A Ilbo, and Seon Woo-jeong who sits on the editorial board at the Chosun Ilbo. They each recently published editorials offering their candid views on Japan-Korea relations. They were both critical in light of the deteriorating relations […]

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Sanctions against Russia Aren’t Working – and Gorgonzola Proves It

For Russia, 2014 was the bumpiest year in recent history. Western sanctions, which had followed the annexation of Crimea and support for separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine, along with the fall of oil price, surely meant that the Russian economy was heading for a crash.   If it did, this was precisely what Western sanctions […]

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A Japan that Can Say No (to Trump)

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has wasted no time in trying to ingratiate himself to President Donald Trump. He should think long and hard about continuing to do so, because the end result may be that Japan becomes the enabler of a U.S. president who leads the alliance down a destructive path.   It’s understandable that […]

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Editorial: Time for Trump to Rise to the Office

President Trump has adopted a strong nationalist stance and intends to prioritize American national interest over all else as he emphasized during his inaugural address when he said, “From this moment on, it’s going to be America first.”   While it is only natural that Trump should seek first to benefit his own country and […]

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As Trump Era Begins, Japan Looks To Mitigate Risks and Seize Opportunities

The Trump Era has officially begun with last week’s inauguration ceremony in Washington, DC. With the change of administration in Washington, there is deep geopolitical uncertainty around the globe as allies and rivals alike brace themselves for more of Trump’s acerbic and volatile rhetoric and seeing how this may—or may not—translate into policy shifts. The […]

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Opinion: “Japan First” Is the Only Response to “America First”

The Trump Era is now officially underway.   Eight years ago, as many as 1.8 million supporters descended on Washington, DC, shouting “Yes, we can!” in support of the newly-elected African American president. The euphoric crowd filled the National Mall in front of the U.S. Capitol building. All I can remember of that day now, […]

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Pete Hoekstra: “The United States and Japan will have to work together”

Pete Hoekstra is a former congressman who served as chair of the House Committee on Intelligence from 2004-2007 and now serves as an informal adviser to Donald Trump’s transition team. He recently sat down with Sankei Shimbun to discuss the president-elect’s foreign policy plans, including his policy toward Japan   On Japan   Q: How […]