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March 8, 2011

Politics and Government
Will Libya Hurt Obama in 2012?

A rebel fighter holds a Kingdom of Libya flag in a battle near Ras Lanuf on March 4, 2011. (Goran Tomasevic/courtesy Reuters) Will the administration’s slowness in responding to events in Libya hurt…

A rebel fighter holds a Kingdom of Libya flag in a battle near Ras Lanuf

August 13, 2011

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2012: Hello Rick Perry, GOP Presidential Candidate

Texas Governor Rick Perry delivers remarks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington on February 11, 2011. (Jonathan Ernst/courtesy Reuters)  For seventeen of the past forty-eigh…

Texas Governor Rick Perry delivers remarks at the Conservative Political Action conference (CPAC) in Washington, February 11, 2011. (Jonathan Ernst/courtesy Reuters)

February 3, 2012

Politics and Government
Friday File: Is a U.S. Military Strike on Iran Nearing?

Above the Fold. The rhetoric on Iran certainly heated up this week. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta noted ominously on Sunday “if we have to do it, we will do it” when asked what the United States …

U.S. warships carrying 17,000 personnel enter the Gulf in a show of force off Iran's coast. (U.S. Fifth Fleet handout/courtesy Reuters)

December 2, 2011

Elections and Voting
2012 Campaign Roundup: No Invitation for Ron Paul

Ron Paul at a recent Republican debate in Florida. (Scott Audette/courtesy Reuters) The Republican Jewish Coalition  (RJC) is hosting a forum for the GOP presidential candidates on December 7. Miche…

Ron Paul at a recent Republican debate in Florida. (Scott Audette/courtesy Reuters)

November 16, 2011

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2012 Roundup: Cain on Libya, Huntsman on Afghanistan

A water tower seen from the highway in Independence, Iowa. (Jessica Rinaldi/courtesy Reuters) Herman Cain has been in Iowa defending his halting answer on Libya earlier this week by saying that he w…

Campaign 2012 Roundup: Cain on Libya, Huntsman on Afghanistan

January 30, 2012

China
China’s Game-Changing Water Policies

Water is an issue that preoccupies Chinese officials throughout the country, but nowhere perhaps as much as in Beijing. The already water-scarce capital has been suffering a continuous and precipitou…

A farmer digs a trench to allow water to irrigate his field planted with winter wheat crop near the village of Lidong, located around 217 miles south of Beijing.

October 5, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: Iran, Drones, and U.S. Government Surveillance

Bill Sizemore, “Ex-Defense Chief Says Hit on Iran Would Be Disastrous,” The Virginian-Pilot, October 4, 2012. Neither the United States nor Israel is capable of wiping out Iran’s nuclear capability,…

Yemen Hadi

November 28, 2012

Japan
Is Japan in Decline?: A Conversation

This blog post is part of a series entitled Is Japan in Decline?, in which leading experts analyze Japan’s economy, politics, and society and give their assessment of Japan’s future. Japan is now in…

Buildings are silhouetted against the setting sun in front of Mount Fuji in Tokyo

April 19, 2013

Defense and Security
You Might Have Missed: Spending on Overseas Bases, Drones over Boston, and Benghazi

Donna Cassata, “Report: US Footing Greater Bill for Overseas Bases,” Associated Press, April 17, 2013. The United States is footing more of the bill for overseas bases in Germany, Japan and South Ko…

NewKerryinKorea

April 26, 2013

China
Why Resurrect the Divisive Politics of Yasukuni?

Just as I thought I could put the finishing touches on my book manuscript, Japanese Domestic Politics and the Rise of China (Columbia University Press), which has a chapter on Yasukuni, the issue eru…

Japan's deputy prime minister Taro Aso (2nd R) bows as he visits the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo April 21, 2013 (Kyodo/Courtesy Reuters).