Kenneth Weisbrode

For Kenneth Weisbrode's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Jan 26, 2011

The strange rebirth of American leadership

FLORENCE, Italy — At the recent annual meetings of the American Economic Association, there was widespread pessimism about the future of the United States. “The age of American predominance is over,” declared one economist. “The U.S. should brace for social unrest amid blame over ...

Sep 9, 2010

The 'perfect storm' brewing in Central Asia

FLORENCE, Italy — Dean Acheson, U.S. President Harry Truman’s secretary of state, liked to quote a friend who said that being in government made him scared, but that being out of it made him worried. To those of us not privy to the hidden ...

Apr 1, 2010

'Old' diplomacy needed now more than ever

FLORENCE, Italy — There is much talk in the air — especially in Britain and the United States — about reinventing diplomacy for the 21st century. Both U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the British Tories’ leader, David Cameron, have spoken recently of ...