Trump, Putin and Kim make Abe miserable

| Nov 26, 2016

Trump, Putin and Kim make Abe miserable

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What a bad week for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. His foreign policy initiatives lay in tatters with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s plans to dump the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Russian President Vladimir Putin pouring cold water on Abe’s hopes of regaining some of the ...

Could nuclear advocacy be Abe's undoing?

| Oct 29, 2016

Could nuclear advocacy be Abe's undoing?

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Voters have elected anti-nuclear governors in Kagoshima and Niigata prefectures in recent months. These elections can be considered referenda on nuclear power because that issue was the main focus of debate in both campaigns. The results have put Prime Minister Shinzo Abe — and ...

Typhoon Trump could pummel Asian region

| Oct 8, 2016

Typhoon Trump could pummel Asian region

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Should Asian leaders be worried about Trump? Hell yes. The world managed to survive the disastrous presidency of George W. Bush, but the alarming prospect of a Trump presidency recently prompted 50 senior Republican national security officials, including former aides and Cabinet members, to ...

Asia and the threat of untethered nationalism

| Oct 1, 2016

Asia and the threat of untethered nationalism

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George Orwell famously commented that nationalism is one of the “worst enemies of peace,” feeding on grievance and insecurities, appealing to primordial instincts and unifying by invoking past traumas. Indian author Rabindranath Tagore also warned about this “great menace,” arguing that nationalism enables people ...