Japan’s Return to Great Power Politics: Abe’s Restoration
Kenneth B. Pyle
This essay explains how Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is engineering a seismic shift in Japan’s foreign policy from a postwar position of dependence and subordination in the U.S.-led order to a proactive and independent role, which in the uncertain regional environment is likely to gain increasing popular support.
China and the Strategic Imperative for the United States
Charles W. Boustany Jr. and Richard J. Ellings
This essay examines the implications of China’s rise and calls on the U.S. to address the domestic bases for national power and to reassume a leadership role in Asia by executing a grand strategy that is fully cognizant of political, historical, economic, and strategic realities.
The Failure of Maritime Sanctions Enforcement against North Korea
This article examines the ineffectiveness of current sanctions on marine traffic into the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) by identifying four weaknesses that allow traffic there to continue: flags of convenience, misidentification or false registration, offshore ownership, and shell-firm owners, managers, and insurers.
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China’s Evolving Approach to Economic Diplomacy
Timothy R. Heath
This article argues that China’s approach to economic diplomacy following the global financial crisis, while designed to improve the country’s competitiveness, has weakened the role that trade and investment have traditionally played in restraining tensions with the U.S.