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Asia Pacific Security

Trump’s Asia tour: don’t expect any breakthroughs on North Korea

Dominating the agenda of Trump’s Asia tour is the looming threat from North Korea. Yet his bellicose posture is likely to be an impediment to diplomacy.

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

North America Politics

Trump’s “America First” policy: provoking adversaries and alarming allies

When U.S. president Donald Trump addressed the General Assembly in late September, he promised “to defend America’s interests above all else.”

Asia Pacific Security

Australia’s ballistic missile defence options

Australia increasingly faces the need to address the North Korean missile threat by developing a domestic ballistic missile defence system.

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.

International Politics The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Countries move to deescalate tensions between North Korea and the United States. UK may further signal its Brexit intentions with Ireland amid customs position papers. EBRD and Egypt to sign

International Politics The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Russia retaliates against sanctions. Pakistan politics falter. PM Shinzo Abe stabilizes support. India lowers interest rates. All in The Week Ahead.

International Politics The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Brazil lowers rates. Trump associates testify. North and South Korea talk. OPEC meets in Russia. All in The Week Ahead.