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Max Fisher
Japan Times
WORLD
Oct 12, 2022
Bombing Kyiv into submission? History says it won’t work.
Even though it creates misery and loss, the methodical bombing of civilian centers has more often been shown to rally support for resistance.
Japan Times
WORLD
May 26, 2022
After mass gun killings, other nations changed course — to notable effect
Only the U.S., whose rate and severity of mass shootings is without parallel outside of conflict zones, has so consistently refused to answer those events with tightened gun laws.
Japan Times
WORLD
Dec 2, 2021
The next challenge to vaccinating Africa: Overcoming skepticism
There are growing signs in parts of Africa, as well as South Asia, that skepticism or outright hostility toward the COVID-19 vaccines may run deeper than expected.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics / ANALYSIS
Dec 24, 2013
Why world's newest country is nearing civil war
It was considered one of the world's great successes when South Sudan became an independent nation on July 9, 2011. After many unhappy years as a region of Sudan, the new country declared its independence with crucial support from the outside world, particularly the United States.
COMMENTARY / World
Dec 6, 2013
Why is the U.S. OK with Israel having nukes but not Iran?
Could Iranian officials have a point when they sometimes respond to accusations that Tehran is seeking a nuclear weapons capability by not-so-subtly nodding to the one country in the region that does have nuclear weapons: Israel?
JAPAN / ANALYSIS
Dec 1, 2013
Does China ADIZ take focus off 'real enemy'?
China has one of the largest and most consequential militaries in the world, but how Beijing thinks about its military and makes military decisions is largely a mystery to the outside world. The People's Liberation Army is technically attached to the Chinese Communist Party, rather than to the Chinese...
Japan Times
WORLD
Oct 30, 2013
U.S. spying on friends prompts look at 'adversarial' international system
A week now after the initial revelation that the United States may have monitored the cellphone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, there's little doubt that the story has been damaging for this country and for the National Security Agency, which earned the wrath of even longtime defender Sen. Dianne...
Japan Times
WORLD
Oct 26, 2013
Saudi driver's license protest kick-starts nation's women's rights movement
Women's rights activists in Saudi Arabia were set to get behind the wheel en masse Saturday to protest their government's refusal to allow women to have driver's licenses — a demonstration that comes just two years after a similar push. While the earlier effort was not successful, it did kick-start...
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics / ANALYSIS
Oct 23, 2013
The reasons long-time allies Saudi Arabia and the U.S. are moving apart
Ever since the United States and Saudi Arabia fell into something of an alliance in the late 1970s, the world's most unlikely partnership has had lots of down moments.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Oct 19, 2013
U.S. helped asylum-seeker Wang tell Beijing about Bo in 2012: Clinton
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has disclosed new information about the United States' role in a major 2012 diplomatic incident in which a Chinese official sought asylum at a U.S. consulate but was turned away. The incident — which helped trigger the downfall of prominent Communist...
Japan Times
WORLD
Sep 1, 2013
The Syria questions you were too afraid to ask
The United States is preparing for a possibly imminent series of limited military strikes against Syria, the first direct U.S. intervention in the two-year civil war, in retaliation for President Bashar Assad's suspected use of chemical weapons against civilians.
Japan Times
WORLD / ANALYSIS
Jul 6, 2013
U.S. has spotty record on aid cuts after coups
The Foreign Assistance Act, a U.S. law first enacted in 1961, is pretty clear: It says, in Section 508, that the United States must cut aid to any country "whose duly elected head of government is deposed by military coup or decree."
COMMENTARY / World
Apr 10, 2013
Why South Korea has already won
Pop stars, bourgeois lifestyle commentary and funny videos often seem to interest young South Koreans more than the latest provocation by the North.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 3, 2013
Kennedys have long, storied diplomatic history with Japan
Depending on which report you read, Caroline Kennedy is either definitely going to be appointed as the next U.S. ambassador to Japan or probably going to be appointed.
COMMENTARY / World
Mar 25, 2013
Did success have a prayer in Iraq?
It is possible the invasion of Iraq was a mistake that might have still been executed much more effectively for a much better outcome after 10 years.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Feb 23, 2013
American teacher's spin on Japan's racism riles Net nationalists
Japan's informal army of young, hyper-nationalist Web users puts U.S. citizen Miki Dezaki in its cross hairs for uploading a video titled 'Racism in Japan' on YouTube.

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