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Japan’s Security Choices in an Uncertain East Asia

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  • January 17, 2020

    Associate Fellow, IDSA, Dr Titli Basu’s article on Japan, titled, ‘Japan’s Security Choices in an Uncertain East Asia' was published in ‘The Diplomat’ on January 17, 2020.

    As Japan reorients it’s exclusively defense oriented post-War security posture within the conceptual framework of positive pacifism, this in turn makes its East Asian neighbors anxious as the region struggles with toxic history, intensified nationalism, contested sovereignty claims in addition to the existing Cold War structures. The key concern for East Asian states is: what kind of Japan will the region have to deal with in the coming decades? The article evaluates the answer to this question and looks into various alternatives in terms of a nuclear Japan/alliance security dilemma/a normal Japan/a more autonomous Japan.

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