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International Politics The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead: 11 – 17 March 2018

Putin set to win another presidential term. Special election in Pennsylvania provides political bellwhether. Bank of Japan releases meeting minutes. All in the Week Ahead. RUSSIA:  Putin set to win

Asia Pacific Security

An old dispute re-emerges as Russia militarises Kuril Islands

A long-standing territorial dispute continues to disrupt relations between Japan and Russia. This is negatively impacting economic cooperation between the two countries, with the potential to be detrimental for both parties.

Asia Pacific Security

The revival of Asia’s quadrilateral security dialogue

A meeting between senior officials from the United States, India, Japan, and Australia took place in Manila on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit to discuss regional and global cooperation.

Asia Pacific Technology and infrastructure

Japan’s strategic counter to China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Japan is making significant plays to counter China’s expanding influence by cooperating with India and the United States on ports and high-speed road networks from Asia to Africa.

Economics Latin America

WTO condemns Brazil industrial policy: Brazilian government discusses new subsidies rules

According to the WTO, Brazil’s industrial programs are inconsistent with the international agreements signed by the country.

Economics International

For American business to thrive, bilateral trade deals aren’t enough

As the Trump administration pulls out of multilateral free trade agreements, other world powers are increasingly commiting to them.

Asia Pacific North America

Will the US-Japan alliance endure under a Trump presidency?

Like a second-string quarterback thrown into a tie game in the fourth quarter, Japan is shouldering a heavier burden in Asia-Pacific, though not by design.

Asia Pacific Security

‘Tis the season to be realistic: 5 things to know about North Korean tensions

North Korea’s latest missile test puts the US mainland firmly in Kim’s sights. Here are five key points to understand the current crisis.

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