Confluence of Interests: Indian Foreign Minister鈥檚 Visit Strengthens Bond With Japan

聽聽聽聽 In his landmark speech titled 鈥淐onfluence of the Two Seas,鈥 delivered before the Indian Parliament in August 2007, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe noted that 鈥渢he Pacific and the Indian Oceans are now bringing about a dynamic coupling as seas of freedom and of prosperity.鈥   That was during his first term as prime […]

Abe鈥檚 Game: Securing Neighbors While Rebuilding Japan鈥檚 Economy

  (Third of Five Parts)   While Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is in the United States for a summit聽with President Donald Trump,聽JAPAN Forward runs a series of articles that provides a closer look at the Japanese leader. Originally published in Japanese in the January 2018 edition of聽Hanada聽magazine, the articles were written by Professor Tomohiko Taniguchi, […]

Indo-Pacific Quad Security Cooperation Should Be A Permanent System

聽   (Conclusion)   Part 1: Strengthening the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue: Lessons from NATO 聽 This two-part series on the renewed Indo-Pacific Quadrilateral Security dialogue among Australia, India, Japan and the United States examines the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the lessons it can impart with its success. 聽 In Part 1, the author […]

Strengthening the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue: Lessons from NATO

聽 聽 (First of Two Parts)   In recent years there have been growing concerns among nations in the Indo-Pacific region about the rise of China. In this regard, a Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (known as the 鈥淨uad鈥)鈥攊ncluding Japan, Australia, India, and the United States鈥攈as now emerged. This multilateral group has the potential to play a […]

How Beijing鈥檚 Push for China-Centric Asia Impacts the Indo-Pacific

聽   The latest聽China Security Report聽published by Japan鈥檚 National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS) in February aims to analyze China鈥檚 military and security affairs from a mid- to long-term perspective. It assesses the development of China鈥檚 foreign and security policy towards the United States and vice versa, and the overall China-US relationship in East Asia. […]

Will Japan Emerge as Champion of A Free and Open Indo-Pacific?

  Whether one considers Shinzo Abe鈥檚 decision to call a snap election in October and Donald Trump鈥檚 Asian trip in November successes or not, many Japanese and Americans believe, correctly in my view, that North Korea is the most immediate threat which聽cannot be ignored. However, China is the more serious medium to long-term concern that聽will […]

Bumpy Road Ahead for 鈥楺uad鈥 Initiative of US, Japan, Australia, India

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull attend a trilateral meeting at ASEAN. 聽聽聽聽 A recent meeting between聽officials from the United States, Japan, Australia, and India on the sidelines of the 31st ASEAN Summit and has set the news circles aflutter not only in these countries, but […]

Behind Xi Jinping 鈥楽miling Diplomacy鈥 Is a Strategy to Stop the Revision of Japan鈥檚 Constitution

  On his trip to Da Nang in central Vietnam, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on聽the evening of November 11th, with both leaders聽vowing to further improve relations between their countries. The Prime Minister called for China to play a greater role in efforts to exert maximum pressure on North […]