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The winding road to Japan's defense modernization

After reading last week’s column on the modernization of command and control in Japan’s military and the resulting need for a similar updating of...

21.05.2024 30

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Brad Glosserman

Let the real work on Japan’s defense modernization begin

Japan has been engaged in the steady — some would say “relentless” — modernization of its national security policies and processes for over a...

14.05.2024 100

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U.S.-China tensions rise as the tides begin shifting

Can you feel the ground shifting? I’m not referring to the temblors that recently struck Japan. Rather, I’m talking about what looks like a...

01.05.2024 30

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Humanitarian catastrophes and the world's forgotten conflicts

The U.S. House of Representatives got its act together last week and passed legislation that provided $95 billion in military aid to Ukraine, Israel,...

23.04.2024 30

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Give credit where credit’s due after prime minister's outstanding U.S. summit

Last week’s Japan-U.S. summit has been rightly called historic and the beginning of a new era. It was a big deal for Tokyo and the alliance — if...

16.04.2024 20

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The world narrowly escapes a supply chain doomsday scenario

The world dodged a big one last month. Either bend an elbow or bow your head (depending on your preferred mode for giving thanks) to Andres Freund,...

09.04.2024 30

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Beware the steady creep toward crisis in the South China Sea

While attention has been focused on rising tensions in the Taiwan Strait, the real tinderbox in Southeast Asia is Second Thomas Shoal, a spit of sand...

02.04.2024 50

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What is Beijing’s ultimate endgame? The answer is clear.

A simple question hangs over China’s relations with the West: What does Beijing want? Chinese officials insist that they want a world in which all...

29.03.2024 30

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Addressing the 'blind spots' in U.S.-China relations

Traveling through China a number of years ago, I was buttonholed by an earnest young man who spent the morning trying to convince me that Taiwan was...

19.03.2024 50

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China’s ‘minimum’ nuclear deterrence is still a threat

“I was surprised by the Chinese side’s focus on survivability, on ensuring that it has a second-strike capability,” said the smart young Chinese...

13.03.2024 30

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Semiconductors are back to center stage in the Japan-U.S. alliance

Semiconductors are again a focus of the Japan-U.S. alliance. Unlike the first time this happened — in the 1980s and ‘90s when the two governments...

05.03.2024 10

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The inexorable movement toward a divided global economy

Imagine a barbell. That is, in my mind, the future shape of the global economy. Two separate spheres, one the economies of the West and the other...

28.02.2024 20

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Japan slips in the global economic rankings: So what’s next?

For the record, the author of “Peak Japan” — me — gets no satisfaction from reports that Japan has been overtaken by Germany in global...

20.02.2024 20

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U.S. allies fear the fallout of a new Trump era

It's hard to tell if Donald Trump's recent comments about his readiness to disregard treaty obligations if U.S. allies didn't live up to their...

14.02.2024 20

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2024 looks to be a very bloody year

This year could be very bloody. There is ongoing conflict in Ukraine, a vicious fight against Hamas and Iran's other proxies in the Middle East and...

08.02.2024 20

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Taylor Swift rocks the world and drives the far right crazy

I confess: I’ve never heard a Taylor Swift song. I can’t name or hum one of her tunes. I do know that she is a billion-dollar music machine, a...

06.02.2024 20

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EU’s dilemma: balancing national and economic security

The European Union last week released a package of measures that put meat on the bones of its economic security strategy. Like many governments,...

31.01.2024 20

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From 'hyperglobalization' to 'thin globalism'

Finally. After years of talk about deglobalization, decoupling and derisking, there is at long last evidence of substantive change in global economic...

23.01.2024 30

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Doves, pandas and dragons: Decoding the global political zoo

There is a brilliant "Saturday Night Live" skit from the show's early years featuring the late John Belushi as a manic meteorologist, in which he...

16.01.2024 20

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A critical year for the Japan-U.S. alliance

It is hard to appreciate how strong the Japan-U.S. relationship is right now. The two governments regularly refer to “the unprecedented strength of...

11.01.2024 20

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It's time to consider a woman to take Japan's top job

Warning: What follows is pure speculation, untainted by “informed sources in Nagatacho” or a lifetime of study of the intricacies of habatsu...

27.12.2023 40

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NATO's delicate balancing act in the Indo-Pacific

The claim that “security is indivisible,” the guiding principle of liberal democracies since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, sounds reassuring...

19.12.2023 6

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The Washington-Beijing tech war is just getting started

U.S. secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo didn’t get the memo. Fireside chats are supposed to be avuncular, intimate conversations that inform and...

12.12.2023 20

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The life of the Pogues' frontman and the ‘banality of crazy’ in U.S. politics

Shane MacGowan, the captivating, charismatic, chaotic, calamitous lead singer and songwriter for the Pogues, an Irish folk punk rock band, died last...

06.12.2023 20

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Foreign policy and defense concerns in the age of AI

This column is not as wonky or theoretical as it seems. I promise. Central to the practice of foreign policy is signaling. Allies and adversaries have...

01.12.2023 30

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Profit, not progress, animates the tech world

The firing last week of Sam Altman, the charismatic chairman of OpenAI, stunned the tech world — and just about everyone else who is paying...

21.11.2023 20

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Pandas don’t play diplomatic hard ball like China does

Every year for over a decade, I have ventured to Innsbruck, nestled in Austria’s Tyrol region, to enlighten students at the Management Center of...

14.11.2023 10

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China's opaque politics and the Li Keqiang mystery

The recent death of former Premier Li Keqiang triggered the usual wild speculation about what really goes on behind the scenes in Chinese politics....

07.11.2023 20

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Economic security demands attention and defies simple explanation

I spent much of last week discussing economic security in conferences here in Tokyo and in Taipei. That wasn’t a surprise since the topic dominates...

01.11.2023 10

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As geopolitical risks grow, businesses are slow to respond

Geopolitical tensions are on the rise and politicians, policymakers and pundits now consider them inescapable and increasingly powerful influences on...

25.10.2023 20

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New mantra for U.S. diplomacy: First, do no harm

“American leadership is what holds the world together,” insisted U.S. President Joe Biden last week in a speech to the U.S. public. His Oval...

24.10.2023 20

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China’s domination of legacy chip market is problematic

Western governments continue to put the squeeze on China’s ability to develop cutting-edge semiconductors. The Biden administration just announced...

18.10.2023 70

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Foreign businesses face a hostile China

The allure of the Chinese market is nigh irresistible. The world’s second largest economy has over 400 million middle-class consumers and a growing...

12.10.2023 100

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Pushing back against China’s media offensive

When I was a wee little thing, I sniffed at the idea of being a journalist, reasoning that I would rather make the news than report it. After a while...

03.10.2023 100

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China’s port investments and risks to national security

Independent Polish media report that a U.S. ship that was supposed to pick up military equipment was refused access to the Polish port of Gdynia last...

28.09.2023 50

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EV leadership means more than just sales figures

Automobiles are in my blood. My grandfather sold cars and was at one time — so I was told — the biggest dealer in the United States. (That was the...

19.09.2023 80

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Huawei sends a message with its new smartphone

Let’s talk about telephones. To begin, here is some housekeeping: All of you with Apple iPhones or who use the iOS system should download and...

12.09.2023 100

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