To help readers better understand the nuances of foreign policy, CFR staff writers and Consulting Editor Bernard Gwertzman conduct in-depth interviews with a wide range of international experts, as well as newsmakers.

Japan's Hard Power Play

Michael Auslin interviewed by Eleanor Albert

While the ISIS executions of two Japanese hostages have reinvigorated a public debate about the country’s postwar pacifism, recent moves by Tokyo to revise its counterterrorism policies should be viewed in the context of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s larger military ambitions, says expert Michael Auslin.

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