The U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan should not be construed with its commitments to Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. The U.S. Afghan presence was pressed upon it by the 9/11 attacks.
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China’s rapid militarization, its assertive behavior in the East and South China Seas and disregard for a rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific have not won friends in the region.
In the short term, the successful COVID-19 response by China will allow it to temporarily strengthen its position. But in the long term, its problems aren’t going anywhere.
Back in 2008, when Joe Biden was on the campaign trail running for vice president, the Democratic senator from Delaware once told fundraisers that the world will “test the mettle” of Barack Obama. Now that Biden has been inaugurated as the 46th president of the ...
Japan has little choice but to continue to strengthen its alliance with the United States to deal with its security challenges in the region. There is no Plan B.
By now, it is widely known that the U.S. is tightening the screws on Beijing across all areas of competition — from trade, technology to security.
Japan, under Abe’s stewardship, proved to be a source of stability and balance. What's next?
Say what you will, his long tenure has been consequential.
On the 75th anniversary of Japan’s surrender, domestic politics, structure and identity continue to prevent reconciliation between the three Northeast Asian neighbors.
Building a U.S. strategy on false premises and no overarching goals is hugely problematic.