Eurasia’s Great Game: India, Japan, and Europe Play to Putin’s Needs

by James M. Dorsey Eurasia’s Great Game is anything but simple and straightforward. A burgeoning alliance between China and Russia that at least for now is relegating potential differences between the two powers to the sidelines has sparked a complex… Continue Reading  

In a Major Shift, South Korea Defies Its Alliance With Japan

by Tim Shorrock A bitter dispute between South Korea and Japan over compensation for Korean victims of Japan’s war crimes escalated last week when Seoul announced that it would terminate a 2016 bilateral agreement with Tokyo to share classified military… Continue Reading  

Perry: Korean Peace Would Remove Rationale for US Military in Okinawa

by Tim Shorrock A successful negotiation between President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un would have enormous ramifications for the East Asia region, including removing the US rationale for stationing military forces in the Japanese prefecture of… Continue Reading  

Japan Divided Over Any Revision to Its “Peace Constitution”

by Donald Kirk The overwhelming success of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the latest elections for members of the Japanese “Diet” — the peculiar word for Japan’s parliament or national assembly — portends hardening of tensions and priorities in Northeast… Continue Reading  

East Asia and the Pacific in the New World Disorder

by Chas Freeman I attended my first PPI gathering in 1997 at Larry Hull’s place in Agate Beach, Oregon.  I remember Bob Maynard politely but pointedly questioning my prediction that Pacific Asia was about to make a comeback as the… Continue Reading