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For Noah Feldman's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Apr 2, 2015

AIIB: Chinese cash versus American might

When it comes to the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, the message from China to the U.S. is clear: either concede to us the place we deserve in existing international institutions, or we will go around you and start our own.

A Sunni coalition is a welcome development

Mar 31, 2015

A Sunni coalition is a welcome development

The U.S. and Israel should probably welcome the Egyptian president's announcement of an agreement by the Arab League to create a joint military force, as the Islamic State group is unlikely to be defeated by air power alone.

Ukraine: first arms, then what?

Feb 13, 2015

Ukraine: first arms, then what?

If the U.S. commits itself to sending arms to Ukraine, it will be signing up for more than military aid. Arms shipments alone are almost never enough to enable a weaker actor to defeat a big-time power.

Obama, executive in charge

Dec 23, 2014

Obama, executive in charge

U.S. executive power waxed under the presidency of George W. Bush then waned during the first five years of the Obama administration. Now the subject is back, on issues such as the war against Islamic State, immigration reform and diplomatic relations with Cuba.

Jihadists lose religious credibility

Dec 22, 2014

Jihadists lose religious credibility

The horrific massacre of 132 boys at their school in Peshawar, Pakistan, embodies a new trend in Islamist terrorism that has emerged this year: Jihadis seem unconcernd with justifying their actions by Shariah law.

May 30, 2014

The Palestinian city that Pope Francis missed

For a glimpse of optimism amid the deadlocked Mideast peace negotiations, Pope Francis should have visited the emerging Palestinian city of Rawabi, intended to house light industry, high-tech firms and as many as 30,000 residents.