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July 19, 2016

The Fallout from the South China Sea Ruling

The recent ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration rejecting China’s historic claims to much of the South China Sea ...

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March 25, 2015

Maritime Multilateral Security Cooperation in East and South Asia

Given the lack of an effective maritime multilateral security cooperation framework for East and South Asia, Bonji Ohara suggests creating ...

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June 19, 2014

Japan’s “Proactive Contribution to Peace”
A Mere Political Label?

The centerpiece of Japan’s first National Security Strategy, announced in December 2013, was a pledge to make a more proactive ...

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September 17, 2013

Hope for Syria?

A number of tough challenges lay ahead in implementing the US-Russia agreement on Syria’s chemical weapons. Even if the weapons ...

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June 24, 2013

Japan’s Ratification of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court

Salla Garský, a Sylff fellow at the University of Helsinki, used her Sylff Research Abroad (SRA) award to research the ...

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January 18, 2013

War in Mali

The French intervention in Mali has been widely supported by the international community, including countries that balked at intervention in ...

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October 26, 2011

Questions after Qaddafi

Some have suggested in the wake of Qaddafi’s death that the US-NATO intervention in Libya was a success for the ...

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March 29, 2011

Lessons in Diplomacy from the Iran Sanctions

OVERVIEW REPORT The Security Council's June 2010 sanctions against Iran reflect the concerns of not only the permanent members of but ...

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March 24, 2011

Deciphering the New National Defense Program Guidelines of Japan

On December 17, 2010, the Security Council and the Cabinet approved the “National Defense Program Guidelines for FY 2011 and ...

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February 04, 2011

Iran and the Resetting of US-Russia Relations—Update

Although Moscow continues to send mixed signals about tough sanctions against Iran, the Obama administration’s nonproliferation strategy appears to be ...

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