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Japan and South Korea’s diplomatic dispute doesn’t need US mediation

13 August 2019

BY LAUREN RICHARDSON Already at its lowest ebb in decades, the Japan–South Korea relationship looks set to plummet further still. Leading this diplomatic descent are the perennial “history problems...

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Security in 'Society 5.0'

5 June 2019

BY CHRISTOPHER HOBSON and TOBIAS BURGERS As Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s time in power has continued, the policy initiatives for addressing Japan’s major structural challenges have proliferated. Most...

 Local officials of Lanao del Sur province visits the Ground Zero (also known as the Main Battle Area) in Marawi for the first time since the end of the Battle of Marawi.

Japan’s Peacebuilding Prowess: The Case of Marawi City

1 June 2019

BY MARK MANANTAN, alum The Reiwa era ushers in an opportunity for Japan to reflect and refashion its position in regional and international politics — including sensitive areas such as peacebuilding...

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What the Huawei espionage controversy means to the Philippines

25 March 2019

BY MARK MANANTAN, alumnus. From the contested South China Sea to the bustling streets of Makati and Bonifacio Global City, Chinese influence in the Philippines has now become very evident. Not only...

Tsai Ing-wen celebrates her election victory in Taipei in 2016. Credit: AFP/Sam Yeh

How Taiwan stands up to China through soft power

4 March 2019

BY MARK MANANTAN, alumnus TAIWAN — In his speech commemorating the 40th anniversary of the so-called Message to Compatriots in Taiwan, Chinese President Xi Jinping made it loud and clear: China will...

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Trust in short supply when there are no shared values

23 January 2019

BY PAUL DIBB This article originally appeared in The Australian on 23 Jan 2019. In the Australian debate about the priority to be given to the economic relationship with China versus the national...

Competing Pacific narratives

20 January 2019

BY JOANNE WALLIS This article was originally published by East Asia Forum. Two narratives dominated geopolitical discussions of the Pacific islands in 2018 — that of the Blue Pacific and the Indo-...

Is the time right for Australia and Japan to become formal allies?

21 September 2018

BY LUKE COURTOIS Should Australia and Japan sign a defence treaty to challenge China’s military rise? Luke Courtois argues that such a move would send a very poor signal to China, destabilising an...

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Debating South Korea’s mandatory military service

10 September 2018

BY JEFFREY ROBERTSON An exemption from military service for a football star has brought global attention to a simmering social issue. By now, most people in South Korea know the national team’s...

Image courtesy of US Pacific Fleet on Flickr.

New security reality demands new Australian policy

23 July 2018

BY EMERITUS PROFESSOR PAUL DIBB Australia’s international security outlook is starting to look very threatening. The White House is undermining the international order, has started a trade war with...

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