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Asia Pacific Politics

Japan elections: what an Abe victory would mean for security

Pyongyang’s recent nuclear test and missile launches over Japan prompted snap general elections, in which the LDP pledges to change the Constitution.

Asia Pacific Security

Why a nuclear Japan would not solve the North Korea threat

Amid escalating rhetoric between Pyongyang and Washington, some believe a North Korea-US war is a ‘real possibility’. It has been suggested that Japan should support the US and stabilize the

International Politics Security South and Central Asia The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Japan prepares for snap election amid heightened tensions with North Korea. Catalan parliament declares independence. Major exporters balk at Brexit WTO arrangements. International Contact Group discusses Afghan peace process in Russia. All

Asia Pacific Security

Article 9 and Japan’s missile defence dilemma

North Korea’s recent missile tests raised new questions about the Japanese Constitution and the effectiveness of Japan missile defence strategy.

Europe Natural resources and energy

Powering Europe’s newest nation: Investigating the Kosovo energy crisis

Last month, Kosovo reached a deal with two private property owners to access some of the lignite coal it needs to supply its power plants.

Asia Pacific Economics

Are the “Asian Tigers” hamstrung by hidden flaws?

Despite years of high economic growth, Asia faces serious challenges, which will push many key Asian nations towards instability.

North America Politics

Trump’s burn book: NAFTA negotiations will only extend Chinese influence in the Americas

Trump once labelled NAFTA, “the worst trade deal maybe ever signed anywhere”. This month, he unveiled the NAFTA negotiating agenda, providing a template for trade negotiations yet to occur with other countries – such as China, Germany, and Japan. With an emphasis on tackling tax systems and removing barriers to the US agriculture and manufacturing industries, Asian negotiators will be watching closely.

International Politics The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Japan reworks its energy policy. Kenya goes to the polls. US and Russia meet at ASEAN summit. Brazil eyes pension reform. All in The Week Ahead.

Asia Pacific Economics

Will Japan’s points-based immigration system shake up HRM practices?

The question remains whether improved access to permanent residency for highly-skilled foreigners will change Japan’s human resource management (HRM) norms.

Asia Pacific Natural resources and energy North America

To the victor belong the spoils: The future of green energy

In recent years, China has pushed for the rapid development of renewable energy infrastructure, touting itself as the leader of innovative green energy.