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Asian economies rely heavily on the sea for transportation: analysts have warned that disruption of regional sea lanes by terrorists or pirates can have severe economic repercussions. However, this article contends that the threat has been overstated and measures taken by the littoral countries...
This article argues that the political drama surrounding Prime Minister Koizumi Junichiro is a direct result of the political reforms implemented in Japan during the last decade. The new rules of the game have produced a structural force pushing Japan to resemble a Westminster system.
South Korea's political parties, previously characterized as vehicles by leaders to recruit entourages to win presidential elections, are becoming more ideologically oriented. The ruling party's new left-wing elites and a new labor party are central to these tensions between entourage and...
Emboldened by the ascendance of economic issues on the global agenda and the erosion of security-driven bipolar structures, Taiwan in the late 1980s decided to use its economic advantages for diplomatic gain. Examination of changes in three phases of Taiwan's initiatives indicates that its...
The PRC's larger size, rapid economic development, and greater international assertiveness would seem to give China a clear edge over Japan. Yet, Beijing's frequently heavy-handed diplomacy and steadily rising defense budgets concern many of its neighbors. While most states are publicly...
Relocating the forward-deployed U.S. forces in Korea south of the Han River is part of the Pentagon's Global Defense Posture Review, a process that stems from America's military transformation. This unprecedented move is headed in a direction that simultaneously challenges the half-century-old...
Three political arenas in East Timor are examined regarding the goal of consolidating peace: governance under Fretilin leadership, the issue of official languages, and the security sector. The article finds that inclusiveness, transparency, and efforts to minimize conflict are lacking in current...
Japan's Prime Minister Koizumi Junichiro has attempted to reform both Japan's economy and the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. Despite his party's landslide victory in the 2005 election, Koizumi's political reforms are unlikely to have a lasting impact on either party or electoral politics.
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