Politics & Security


Japanese Politics: “Season Three”

by Hirofumi Kawaguchi
Hirofumi Kawaguchi, Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Tokyo, explains that “The LDP’s landslide victory does not mean that Japanese voters enthusiastically support the LDP.”
When outgoing US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton welcomed incoming Japan Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida to Washington for the first time in his new official capacity on January 18, 2013, both officials highlighted the US-Japan relationship and the alliance in...

Japan’s Election: Watching the Wrong Hawks

by Crystal Pryor
Crystal Pryor, recent Japan Studies Visiting Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington, explains that “While Abe has been termed a ‘hawk’ or ‘nationalist’ in Western media outlets, these terms carry different connotations in American discourse than they do...

No Hedging in Canberra: The Australia-US Alliance in the “Asian Century”

by Nick Bisley
US Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell has just completed a lightning visit to Australia for formal discussions with newly installed Foreign Minister Bob Carr. In spite of the political turmoil that brought Carr to office, the Australia-US alliance is in the best...