Obama and Asia
The support in the United States for President Obama has fallen dramatically in the last six months. His job approval rate is now below 50 per cent and there is every indication that the Democrats will lose Senate and House seats in the November mid-term elections. This will spell trouble for the administration on domestic policy, but might very well strengthen Obama’s hand when it comes to foreign policy. In foreign policy he can get bi-partisan support for the strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan, for dealing with an assertive China, and to some extent, for the Iranian issue. But do not expect foreign policy to play a major role in the November election. “It’s the economy, stupid” all over again.
Merkel’s China Legacy
Abstract Angela Merkel’s time as the Chancellor of Germany is soon coming to an end. An unofficial mainstay of the European Union, she leaves office having helped put in place […]
China and International Law: History, Theory, and Practice
Abstract The current contours of China’s economic growth and political influence have given rise to interests in and concerns about China’s global profile as well as its strategies of International […]
Washington Declaration: Beyond Korea, What it Means for India?
In April 2023, South Korea and the United States released the Washington Declaration to reiterate and upgrade their treaty alliance. In outlining a joint nuclear deterrence strategy, the Declaration reaffirmed […]
Quad Plus EU: A Viable Option for the Times?
Today, the primary Indo-Pacific contest is not just about the China-US hegemony. It also involves a range of so-called “middle powers” – including Australia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, […]
Taiwan in Tokyo’s 2022 Defense White Paper: Reconfiguring Security Imperatives?
This article was originally posted on the Japan Forum for Strategic Studies (JFSS) website, you can find the article here. A few days prior to the highly controversial visit […]