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  • 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.

    India-Japan-US Trilateral Dialogue: A Promising Initiative

    There certainly exists some logic behind India, Japan and the US working together, and that too in a region that lacks solid security architecture.

    November 22, 2011

    DPJ’s Duplicity on Futenma Base Relocation in 2009

    Wikileaks cables reveal a secret pact in which the Hatoyama administration agreed to honour the 2006 agreement on the relocation of Futenma if the US were to reject the proposed alternative.

    May 09, 2011

    Japan’s Revised Defence Guidelines: Proactive Dynamism Pervades “Reluctant Realism”

    Would China’s strategic error in inviting Japanese hostility place more blocks to its rise as an unchallenged regional power or would it be able to override the Japanese threat in ample measure by altering its strategic game and finding a meeting ground with the United States?

    December 27, 2010

    As Dragon flexes muscle, the Rising Sun goes defensive

    China’s rise has become a matter of concern throughout Asia and led to changes in the strategic postures of its neighbours. Japan has begun to rethink its own defence strategy and security policy in response to China’s military modernization.

    September 09, 2010

    The Strategic Relevance of Okinawa

    Notwithstanding popular criticism and opposition, the US-Japan security alliance and the presence of USFJ remain vital to Japanese foreign and security policies.

    June 10, 2010