Surprise Attack Reconsidered
In this first meeting of a series organized in collaboration with the National History Center, historian Ernie May will discuss some of history’s most infamous surprise attacks, including the fall of France in World War II, the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the September 11 terrorist attacks. From a historical perspective, he will reflect on their impact on U.S. foreign policy and the lessons we have learned from them.
"[Shinzo Abe] is the first leader in years with any hope of solving the festering issue of US marine bases in Okinawa. He is willing to spend more on defence after years of a self-imposed limit of 1 per cent of output. Those policies, however, come with a price tag: a revisionist nationalism that many in Washington find distasteful."
"America, which badly needs stability in East Asia and a solid U.S.-Japan-South Korea alliance in order to face an assertive—but indispensible—China and an unpredictable North Korea, has been disturbed by the worsening tensions between Japan and its two neighbors under Abe's watch. Although Japan may not be the only party to blame in these quarrels, Washington is increasingly irritated by what it sees as Abe's unhelpful flexing of nationalism that has served only to aggravate an already precarious situation in Asia."