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Asia Pacific Economics

Abenomics has a silver lining

Japanese GDP took another tumble in the second quarter, but Abenomics has not been for naught. Although Japanese GDP actually fell by less than analyst expectations in the second quarter,

Asia Pacific Politics

What Xi Jinping’s visit means for South Korea

In early July, Xi Jinping made a monumental visit to South Korea before visiting North Korea for the first time. China shows willingness to engage in a closer relationship with South

Asia Pacific Security

3 implications of Japan’s revision of weapons exports rules

Loosening of principles guiding weapons exports will boost the Japanese defense industry and relations with the US. But it will come at the cost of its image as a pacifist

Economics International

5 ways inflation is defining the 2014 economy

Inflation, or lack thereof, is an important global economic indicator. Whether it is Sweden or Brazil, central bankers or policymakers, here’s a look at why inflation is so influential. 1. Europe, Japan,

Asia Pacific Security

Will North Korea do a 4th round of nuclear tests?

Fears of a fourth round of nuclear testing and gradual increases in displays of military might by North Korea have left the Korean peninsula, and both sides’ allies, unsettled. On July 15,

Asia Pacific Finance

China expands Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank proposal

As border disputes heat up between China and its neighbors, the Chinese government kept up its push for a financial institution that would benefit the Asian countries at large. But will this whole

Asia Pacific Natural resources and energy

Energy shortfall reshapes Japan’s foreign policy

Since the Fukushima disaster, Japan has been forced to import much of its energy. This has created significant geo-political and economic risks and has reshaped its foreign policy. In June,

International Politics

Why Russia is not concerned about the G7

Russia was excluded from this year’s G7 summit due to its threatening behavior in Ukraine. However, this may not be the breakdown in international relations many fear and is probably

Asia Pacific Security

US Decline Series: US shows long-term commitment to Asia-Pacific security

While rising tensions have provoked concern over the United States’ status as the region’s security guarantor, the Pacific Power is not going anywhere. This GRI series challenges the myth of the

Asia Pacific Economics

China territorial deadlocks hurt regional trade

Tensions between China and several East Asian countries have heated up over the last year. Is it simply another round of disputes that have occurred multiple times since 2007, or something