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Marc Champion
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Jun 2, 2018
Modi threads path between rising China and an uncertain U.S. at first Shangri-La Dialogue appearance
U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis described India as the "fulcrum" of security in the Indo-Pacific region as he traveled this week to an annual security conference in Singapore, attended for the first time by an Indian leader.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Jun 1, 2018
Trump's art of unpredictability has foreign leaders concerned
As a businessman, Donald Trump saw strength in his willingness to keep multiple balls in the air and change approach as they fell. In international relations, that unpredictability may be proving a liability.
ASIA PACIFIC
May 8, 2018
Chinese missiles are transforming balance of power in the skies
For a quarter century, the U.S. and its allies owned the skies, fighting wars secure in the knowledge that no opponent could compete in the air. As tensions with Russia and China surge, that's no longer the case.
COMMENTARY / World
May 9, 2016
Turkey's last shreds of balance are disappearing
An increasingly radical Recep Tayyip Erdogan is forcing out the last of the team of smart and qualified people he brought in to run Turkey with him.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Mar 25, 2016
There's a better way to secure our airports
Rather than add another layer of baggage and body screens, the aviation industry should emulate the security measures employed by Israel's Ben Gurion airport.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Mar 22, 2016
Not time to normalize with Russia
The West shouldn't reengage with President Vladimir Putin until Russia stops posing a threat to Ukraine.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Mar 8, 2016
Stop thinking 'reformers vs. conservatives' in Iran
The rest of the world may be confused, but for Tehran's business community and cafe-loving urbanites, it's pretty clear who won Iran's recent parliamentary election: They did.
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 11, 2016
Note to Baltic states: Israel is a tiny country, too
The Baltic states should draw defense lessons from Israel, which also faces an attack from a larger enemy, with little territory upon which to fight a lengthy defense.
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 2, 2016
Oxford rejects political correctness, sort of ...
University students are free to speak out against whatever they wish, but not to erase history.
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 1, 2016
Mustafa Koc, Turkey's beloved businessman
Turkish magnate Mustafa Koc was able to walk a fine line with a government that too often sees its secularist opponents as terrorists.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 10, 2016
Germany catches the North African disease
News that scores of women were sexually assaulted by young men of Middle Eastern appearance in Cologne, Germany, on New Year's Eve will come as no surprise to women in North Africa.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Dec 14, 2015
Europe has plenty of its own Donald Trumps
Populist bigotry about Muslims has already mainstreamed in Europe. Europeans haven't been outraged enough about that.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Nov 30, 2015
Memo to Moscow: Syria is Turkey's Ukraine
Ankara is determined to make it clear that no solution for Syria can be reached unless Turkish interests are fully taken into account.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Nov 25, 2015
Putin has misjudged his erstwhile ally Erdogan
Having already underestimated him once with deadly results, the best way for Putin to figure out how Erdogan will respond to any further Russian moves is probably to imagine how he himself would react. The two men have a lot in common.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Oct 11, 2015
The reason why Russian jets are buzzing Turkey
Vladmir Putin is willing to sacrifice Russia's warm and profitable ties with Turkey if it means keeping Syrian President Bashar Assad in power.
COMMENTARY / World
Sep 29, 2015
Saakashvili for Ukraine prime minister?
Reform-minded Mikheil Saakashvili will need a miracle to effect much-needed changes in Ukraine.
COMMENTARY / World
Sep 22, 2015
Crimea's happy now, but for the persecution
Most of Crimea's inhabitants are happy, but for a minority the move to Russian control over the peninsula has been miserable.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Sep 9, 2015
Cameron is right about how to take in refugees
U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron has taken a battering over his handling of Europe's refugee crisis, but his new approach is the right one.
COMMENTARY / World
Aug 26, 2015
Want more heroes? Bring back the military draft
If the French train incident tells us anything useful about defending against terrorism, it is that ordinary people will sometimes be the only defense.
COMMENTARY / World
Aug 12, 2015
A dangerous time for Russia-NATO relations
It is the early stages of a standoff between nuclear powers that are the most dangerous.

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