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THOUGHTS AND IDEAS ABOUT ASIA

Op-eds

Looking back on Afghanistan’s future

By Miguel Oropeza

Looking back on Afghanistan’s future In a year that was marked by conflict and instability around the globe, the 2014 December 28th declaration of the formal end of the US-led war in Afghanistan should have been greeted as welcome news. But in a country that has endured 36 years of continual civil war, the withdrawal…

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Essays

“Internationalization” of National Universities in Japan: Critical Reflections

By Varun Khanna

“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…

Law, Conflict and Airspace: Understanding Air Defense Identification Zones

By Christopher K. Lamont

Law, Conflict and Airspace: Understanding Air Defense Identification Zones On November 23, 2013, a relatively obscure and benign security practice, which traces its origins to the early years of the Cold War, made global headlines with China’s declaration of an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) over the East China Sea. China’s imposition of reporting obligations on aircraft…

Reconsidering Land Reform and Agricultural Policy in Japan

By Mark Stevenson Curry

Reconsidering Land Reform and Agricultural Policy in Japan This essay seeks to add land relations with a particular emphasis on the consequences of Japan’s post-1945 land reform program to the more recent discussion on ‘human security’ (or non-traditional security concerns) in East Asia. There are four reasons for developing this perspective, two of general importance…

The Caution of Collective Memory: Why Japan’s 1947 Constitution is Worth Fighting for

By Carmina Untalan

The Caution of Collective Memory: Why Japan’s 1947 Constitution is Worth Fighting for With the 3/11 disaster, Fukushima nuclear crisis and a limping economy all at its back, Japan’s crisis timeline could never have been worse since the end of World War II. Needless to say, winning the bid for 2020 Olympics ought to give…

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