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Rising to the challenge of COVID-19: The role South Korea and new actors

By Brendan Howe Aug 3, 2020
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Rising to the challenge of COVID-19: The role South Korea and new actors In the current strategic operating environment, the liberal international order faces the challenges of US abdication of leadership and increasing contestation between the US and the other great powers, China and Russia. Furthermore, non-traditional security (NTS) issues such as COVID-19, pose major challenges for the traditional state-centric models upon which much strategic decision-making is based. Nowhere is this truer than in the state-centric East Asian operating environment. The responses of the three great powers (the US, China, and Russia) to the COVID-19 crisis, as well as those…

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What COVID-19 Reveals: The Risk of China-Centered Global Supply Chains and the Acceleration of Tech Wars in AI

By June Park
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If there is one thing that cannot be restored due to the COVID-19 outbreak, what would it be? One plausible answer would be the China-centered global supply chain. Since its entry to the WTO and the global trading system in 2001, China has played an indispensable role as the world’s manufacturing powerhouse.

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India’s Smart Cities Mission: Smart or Not?

By Isha Bhasin
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If the leaders of all Asian nations want their country and people to develop in harmony, then they should cooperate with NGOs by opening permanent and transparent platform for constructive dialogue, whether on social-economic or political issues.

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Taiwan’s NGO policy: Lessons for Asia

By Erkinbek Kamalov
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If the leaders of all Asian nations want their country and people to develop in harmony, then they should cooperate with NGOs by opening permanent and transparent platform for constructive dialogue, whether on social-economic or political issues.

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Essays

“Internationalization” of National Universities in Japan: Critical Reflections

By Varun Khanna

In Japan, where the unspoken social rules are predominant in workplaces as well as in society, foreigners generally find it difficult to thrive. On the other hand, the Japanese student’s development of his or her individuality needs to be encouraged and fostered also. The Japanese government and the national universities have realized that, and Japan is presently in the phase of a major transformation in its education sector.

Law, Conflict and Airspace: Understanding Air Defense Identification Zones

By Christopher K. Lamont

With states drawing up unilaterally declared defense identification zones that can extended for hundreds of miles beyond territorial airspace, alongside growing fears that these zones will harden into claims of full sovereignty, a once benign security practice has rapidly evolved into a source of conflict over East Asia’s contested skies.

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Reconsidering Land Reform and Agricultural Policy in Japan

By Mark Stevenson Curry

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.

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

By Carmina Untalan

Any attempt to revise Article 9 would not only derange Japan’s security situation, but more importantly, would dislodge practices of commemoration for the past 60 years as merely tokenistic. That would seriously fracture the very core of Japan’s state identity.

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