The politics of protest in Asian democracies

Commentary | COUNTERPOINT Dec 17, 2016

The politics of protest in Asian democracies

Across Asia we are witnessing political turmoil and vigorous political contestation. South Korea's "candlelight revolution," involving millions of citizens demonstrating for several weeks in Seoul, instigated the landslide vote to impeach President Park Geun-hye by the National Assembly on Dec. 9. In Taiwan, there ...

Trump, Putin and Kim make Abe miserable

Commentary | COUNTERPOINT Nov 26, 2016

Trump, Putin and Kim make Abe miserable

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 ...

Can Asia survive the shock of Trump-ageddon?

Commentary | COUNTERPOINT Nov 19, 2016

Can Asia survive the shock of Trump-ageddon?

Donald Trump made some outlandish promises to win the U.S. presidential election. America and the world will survive, but he poses significant risks to the global economy and the peace that has prevailed in East Asia since 1979. His denial of global warming also ...

An age of anger imperils the West — and the East

Commentary | COUNTERPOINT Nov 12, 2016

An age of anger imperils the West — and the East

Around the Western world we are witnessing an age of anger and fear. This is manifested in the vitriol of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's scorched earth presidential campaign and the fear-mongering by the pro-Brexit British. Across the EU, jingoistic messages are also gaining sway, ...

Modi and Abe are at the nuclear altar again

Commentary | COUNTERPOINT Nov 5, 2016

Modi and Abe are at the nuclear altar again

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Japan for a summit with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Nov. 11 and 12, and it is expected they will finally seal the deal on an elusive civil nuclear cooperation accord. When Abe visited India last year ...

Could nuclear advocacy be Abe's undoing?

Commentary | COUNTERPOINT Oct 29, 2016

Could nuclear advocacy be Abe's undoing?

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 ...

Why is Japan refusing to pay UNESCO its dues?

Commentary | COUNTERPOINT Oct 22, 2016

Why is Japan refusing to pay UNESCO its dues?

The Japanese government announced that it is withholding its payments owed to UNESCO. This is a $37 million expression of displeasure over the organization's decision last year to include a Chinese submission on "Documents of Nanjing Massacre" in the Memory of the World Register. ...