Beijing perceives U.S. policy as being increasingly aggressive and aimed at containing China. Nuclear forces are seen as the ultimate guarantor of national security.
Ramesh Thakur is Professor in the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University; adjunct professor, Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law, Griffith University, and editor-in-chief of Global Governance from Jan. 1, 2013. He began writing for The Japan Times in 1998 as Vice Rector of the United Nations University.
For Ramesh Thakur's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
In the 75 years since the U.N. charter was signed, the world has changed.
The mission creep from flattening the curve to eradicating COVID-19 has been ill-conceived and calamitous.
June 15 could mark the date on which China “lost India” strategically.
The lockdowns across the world will likely kill more people than they saved.
Now is not the time to demonize and defund the WHO.
The Group of 20 has the right mix of member states to handle a global crisis like the coronavirus pandemic. The only question is whether it will take up the task.
Japan's strategic environment is shaped by the intersection of three major geopolitical storylines.
The Democrats' impeachment effort has successfully energized Trump's base and fundraising but not their own.
The longer Kim keeps nuclear weapons, the more credible the claim will become that his primary interest is in nuclear deterrence.