Global Trends and Forecasting
Global Trends and Forecasting
- NewsletterBy Nanae YamashiroMar 11, 2014
The US base relocation process in Okinawa has made progress in recent months, although it has been fitful. At the end of last year, Okinawa Gov. Nakaima Hirokazu approved the landfill application, signaling his acceptance of the move of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the northern part of the main island of Okinawa. One step forward.
- NewsletterBy David I. SteinbergMar 6, 2014
For many years, we have learned about cryptic events in Burma/Myanmar from rumors. We had hoped that this would change with the elimination of censorship, and there has been much progress. But rumors still abound and decision-making is often still opaque.
- CommentaryMar 5, 2014
Last week, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin turned a three-month long, mainly domestic political crisis in Ukraine, which appeared headed to resolution, into a full-blown international crisis.
- NewsletterBy Nakayama ToshihiroFeb 27, 2014
Has the US turned inward-looking? In a certain sense, the advent of the Obama administration could be considered a sign of such a turn. Indeed, one of the objectives stated by the Obama administration was a course correction away from the excessive intervention of the Bush era.
- NewsletterFeb 26, 2014
During a November 2009 trip to Tokyo, President Barack Obama underlined his intent to lead the United States to new levels of engagement in the Asia Pacific and harkened back to his upbringing in Indonesia and Hawaii, calling himself the United States’ “first Pacific president.” As he approaches the spring of 2014, Obama must decide if he will fulfill this legacy.
- CommentaryFeb 25, 2014
On the heels of the shale gas and tight oil revolutions, as America shifts from import dependency to increasing self-sufficiency and exports, much will be written about how domestic gasoline prices and the nation’s national security will be impacted by increased domestic oil /liquids production.
- NewsletterBy Aiko ShimizuFeb 21, 2014
Since returning to office, Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo has made national security reform one of his top priorities. He has introduced a series of initiatives to strengthen the country’s defense posture: the creation of a National Security Council, the publication of a National Security Strategy report, promotion of a new defense doctrine, and an increase in defense spending.
- NewsletterBy Brendan Taylor, Ed Hawkins, Woo Jung-Yeop & Eileen BlockFeb 13, 2014
In “Power and Identity in Japan-South Korea Relations,” Brad Glosserman and Scott Snyder argue that clashing conceptions of national identity are at the heart of ongoing tensions between Japan and South Korea.
- NewsletterBy Brad Glosserman, Scott SnyderFeb 6, 2014
The announcement that China has cooperated with South Korea to open a memorial hall in Harbin in honor of Ahn Jung-geun, the independence activist who in 1909 assassinated Hirobumi Ito, Japanese colonial governor of Korea (then a Japanese protectorate), symbolizes the historical obstacles to forward-looking Japan-South Korea relations.
- PacNet #11R - Response to PacNet #11 “Class, Economy, Monarchy: Thailand’s Multidimensional Malaise”NewsletterBy Termsak ChalermpalanupapFeb 5, 2014
David Camroux mentioned in “Class, Economy, Monarchy: Thailand’s Multidimensional Malaise” (PacNet #11) the paddy/rice pawning scheme, which the IMF says should stop. In fact the scheme deserves much more attention. It is riddled with organized corruption and it shows how much damage the money politics of the “Thaksin Regime” has created in Thailand.