Taiwan’s NGO policy: Lessons for Asia

Nowadays the international community hears about the Republic of China (Taiwan) in the context of cross-strait relations and the up-coming Presidential election. Taiwan today is a country that not only inherits ancient Chinese culture and art, including the original system of traditional hieroglyphs (unlike the simplified version used in mainland China) for their script, but […]

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A Plea To All

August 6th may be just other day of the year to you, but to some of us, it is the day that reminds us about the horrors of World War II. On August 6th, 1945, an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. The bomb instantly transformed Hiroshima into hell on earth. It wiped out 90 percent […]

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Who’s the Real Threat to Japan?

The recent agreement on the planned national security legislation between the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its coalition partner, Komeito, is hardly a cause for celebration. While the latter convinced the former to include a “break” mechanism that would require Diet’s approval before allowing SDF dispatch, it hardly proclaims Japan’s almost 70-year commitment to […]

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Looking back on Afghanistan’s future

In a year that was marked by conflict and instability around the globe, the December 28th declaration of the formal end of the US-led war in Afghanistan should be greeted as welcome news. But in a country that has endured 36 years of continual civil war, the withdrawal of the second foreign occupation force in […]

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“Internationalization” of National Universities in Japan: Critical Reflections

With increased global student mobility alongside recent initiatives taken by the Japanese government, there has been an upswing in the number of international students studying in Japan. “Internationalization” in this fast-changing world is seen as a way to ‘gain brain’ and meet the challenges that Japanese will face with a declining population. Moreover, Japan is […]

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In With the Old, Out With the New

In the context of the worst security crisis Europe has had since the end of the Cold War, policy-makers would do well to reassess the idea of Anglo-Americanism as a means of providing security and political unity on the eastern borders of the European Union.

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