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  • Rewiring Japan’s National Security Strategy in Post-COVID Indo-Pacific

    With Chinese unilateral efforts altering the maritime status quo on the one hand and lack of progress on denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula on the other, Japan is revisiting its strategic options.

    August 20, 2020

    Patterns of Arms Trade

    The SIPRI report on the volume of international arms transfers during 2015-19 highlights the strengths of key strategic partnerships such as Russia-India, US-Japan and China-Pakistan, reinforced by arms trade.

    March 25, 2020

    Japan’s Lost Moment in Osaka

    While Japan envisions its role as a leading promoter of rules-based liberal international order, the G20 tested Japan’s leadership in championing the cause of trade liberalisation and resisting protectionism.

    July 12, 2019

    Japan’s Strategic Calculations: Constraints and Responses

    As the East Asian regional order becomes fragmented, how is Prime Minister Shinzo Abe managing Tokyo’s strategic interests within the US-Japan-China relations?

    January 17, 2019

    Negotiating the US–Japan alliance: Japan confidential by Yukinori Komine

    If there is one country that is undergoing unprecedented shifts in its security policies, it is Japan; Speculation was rife that Japan would try and step out of America shadow and play a relatively bigger political role in East Asian affairs once the Cold War came to an end.

    November 2017

    Japan’s Trump Dilemma

    In the wake of Donald Trump’s election as U.S. president, Japan is weighing the geopolitical and geo-economic implications of the new economic and security policies that his administration may adopt.

    December 20, 2016

    Obama in Hiroshima: Betwixt spoken and the unspoken

    Obama in Hiroshima: Betwixt spoken and the unspoken

    His words might fall short of assuaging all but his visit to Hiroshima is a testimony of Obama being a leader of substance.

    May 30, 2016

    US-Japan Security Alliance: Standing the Test of Time

    US-Japan Security Alliance: Standing the Test of Time

    The revised defence guidelines have added value to the US-Japan partnership and the fundamental shift in Japanese security policy complements the US call upon Japan to shoulder greater security responsibility as a partner.

    May 29, 2015

    Obama’s visit to Japan: strategic significance

    A Sino-Japanese conflict is not in the US interest and certainly not in Japan’s. Stability in the regional security landscape cannot be solely guaranteed by reaffirming the US-Japan security alliance, which provides space for the US to flaunt its military might through deployment.

    May 20, 2014

    Abhishek Ratkal asked: What are India's reservations about having a tripartite security agreement involving Japan and the US in view of a rising China?

    Jagannath P. Panda replies: ‘Rising China’ is certainly a security challenge for the US, Japan and India at many levels. In fact, most countries find it difficult to deal with China. Still, a ‘tripartite security agreement’ or building an alliance to tackle China is surely not recommendable. While China remains one of the significant trading partners for the US, Japan and India, it equally connects with the three on a range of complex regional and global issues and politics. China is not only the second largest economy in the world today, but also a permanent member of the UN Security Council (UNSC). A ‘tripartite security agreement’ involving India, Japan and the US may sound an encouraging one; but, may not actually be a sensible one.

    Politically, India does not have any specific reservations on a ‘tripartite security agreement.’ Yet, from India’s perspective, it may not be a correct stride to enter into such an agreement. This kind of ‘tripartite security agreement,’ however, may help in tackling trans-national and non-traditional security issues at the regional and global level. For years, India’s foreign policy has been on the path of ‘non-alignment’ and India is not known for taking side or entering into any political or security centric alliance or agreement. India must continue with its traditional posture, without really entering into any needless security agreement or alliance. India must have its own independent approach to deal with a ‘Rising China’, and should not enter into a security agreement or alliance which may complicate the China-India relations further.