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For Mark Leonard's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

The false promise of AUKUS

Commentary / World Oct 6, 2021

The false promise of AUKUS

AUKUS comes hot on the heels of the U.S.' chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, and thus is being held up as evidence that the Biden administration is competent on foreign policy.

Germany’s patriotism paradox

Commentary / World Jul 28, 2021

Germany’s patriotism paradox

As German public sentiment in the EU collapses, its leaders could come under public pressure to go it alone on policies ranging from vaccine procurement, migration, trade and energy.

The new China shock

Commentary / World Apr 4, 2021

The new China shock

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s new strategy centers on the concept of “dual circulation.” Behind the technical-sounding phrase lies an idea that could change the global economic order.

Five cheers for 2021

Commentary / World Jan 1, 2021

Five cheers for 2021

But as 2021 nears, things look a lot better than they did just a few months ago. We now have at least five reasons to celebrate the New Year.