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International Politics

Assessing the 42nd G7 Summit

The 42nd G7 Summit has concluded. What are the key takeaways for investors?

International Politics The Week Ahead

Weekly Risk Outlook

G7 meets. EU-Greece debt negotiations continue. ASEAN defense ministers talk China. Democrats search for unity.

International Politics The Week Ahead

Weekly Risk Outlook

Syrian Support Group meets. Argentina reenters bond markets. Russia-Iran trade deals loom. Global metals conferences on the horizon. G7 convenes in Japan.

Asia Pacific Security

Japan’s defense procurement boosts national security and industry

Japan’s role in regional defense procurement has steadily grown since 2014— fostering closer ties with nations wary of Beijing and boosting local industry.

Economics International

Economic impact of natural disasters

Risk analysis may be falling short with regard to natural disasters. While the management of political challenges has charged ahead in both the private and public sectors, comparable services regarding

Asia Pacific Security

Japan needs its own agenda to better trade ties with Russia

Recently, Sergey Lavrov visited Japan to discuss bilateral cooperation. The visit’s real aim was to stress the value to Russia of a more independent Japan.

Asia Pacific Security

East Asian plutonium policies risk regional stability

Major countries in East Asia are either considering or already engaging in reprocessing spent fuel from nuclear power plants—a procedure that builds vulnerable stockpiles of plutonium. Intentions notwithstanding, the policies present serious nuclear and radiological risks.

International Politics

G7 foreign ministers meeting: Turning the heat on China

G7 foreign ministers convened in Japan last week. Although heads of states won’t meet in Japan until next month, this meeting gives a hint of the priorities of the group, and more widely the West and its key allies in the Asia-Pacific region

Asia Pacific Natural resources and energy

How Asia’s dead are causing instability

Asia’s aging populations, lack of burial space, religious preferences, and environmental concerns are causing problems in Singapore, Hong Kong, and beyond.

Asia Pacific Security

How likely is an enhanced Indonesian role in the South China Sea dispute?

A recent incident involving Indonesian and Chinese vessels in the South China Sea has opened the possibility for an enhanced Indonesian role in the maritime dispute. Whilst neighbouring claimants would