PacNet #50 - Cautious optimism? What to expect from Modi’s India by Patrick Bratton
Patrick Bratton (firstname.lastname@example.org ) is the director of Diplomacy and Military Studies Program and associate professor of Political Science at Hawaii Pacific University.
As anticipated, Japan’s Cabinet has reinterpreted the constitution to permit Japan to exercise the right of collective self-defense.
Throughout the postwar period, the Government of Japan‟s (GOJ) definition and interpretation of collective self-defense and Article 9 of Japan‟s constitution have played a crucial role in how its leaders develop and employ military power. This issue also has had significant implications for its political and security relationship with the United States.
In June 2012 I wrote PacNet #34 “China. There, I said it” in an effort to generate a conversation about how the United States was publicly discussing the competitive elements of its relationship with the People’s Republic of China (PRC).
The following remarks were delivered at the Japan-US Security Seminar: Public Panel Session at CSIS in Washington, DC on March 21, 2014. China needs to be approached in a holistic, comprehensive way. When we look into its diplomacy, security, politics, and/or economics, we find that they are closely linked to each other.
Proposed in the early 2000s by US researchers in response to Chinese investment in ports along the Indian Ocean littoral, the ‘string of pearls’ theory argued that China may be planning to develop overseas naval bases in South Asia to support extended naval deployments.
This month's edition of the International Security Program's electronic publication includes:
The Eastern Mediterranean: Strategic Geography Again
By Sam Brannen
Time for a New G7?
By Dave Miller
In PacNet 41A, ‘Mr. Pacific’ adheres to a narrow view of power politics. He makes a sketchy argument about a new kind of great power relations, identified as a ‘rebalance of power,’ but provides little explanation of how this could deal with the rise of China.
The Asia-Pacific region is at a turning point. After several decades of robust economic growth in Southeast and Northeast Asia, the region is home to many of the largest and most dynamic economies in the world. This increased economic power has driven the growth of military capabilities in a region dotted with flashpoints that could spark interstate conflict.
Despite humble beginnings – ambivalent responses from the US Marines in Okinawa and the Pentagon – Khaan Quest, a small bilateral exercise, has survived for more than a decade to become the brainchild of the US and Mongolian militaries, a forum for Mongolia’s diplomacy, and a unique peacekeeping training event in a complicated neighborhood.