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Japan expands military presence in Africa

Japan is increasing its footprint in the Horn of Africa even as it draws down its anti-piracy force Joseph Hammond    Pirates or no pirates, Japan remains committed to an international security operation off the Horn of Africa which is increasingly a cornerstone of its wider Africa policy. Last month Somali pirates successfully captured a Yemeni

Senkaku Paradox: Preparing for conflict with the great powers

Editor's Note: Contemplating a scenario where China and Russia seize territory of marginal importance triggering applicable defense treaties, Washington needs better, less escalatory, and, thus, more credible options, writes Michael O'Hanlon. This piece was originally published by The Hill. Since roughly 2014, when Russia seized Crimea and China solidified its

First of it’s kind in 200 years, Japanese emperor abdicates

Johnny Simon Akihito will be the first monarch to voluntarily step down in 200 years. Crown prince Naruhito’s ascension will take place tomorrow, but new empress Masako will not be allowed to watch The life and reign of Japan’s Emperor Akihito, in photos Akihito, emperor of Japan for the past 30 years and the head of

China and Russia in the Western Pacific: Implications for Japan and the United States

Tetsuo Kotani China’s growing maritime power is changing the military balance among Asian countries. The continental power of Russia and China dominates the Asian landmass, while the maritime power of the United States and Japan secures freedom of the seas in the western Pacific. Neither side can project sufficient conventional power

Japan donates $1.5 million for community stabilization in North East–UNDP

Mukaila Ola  The Government of Japan has released $1.5 million to fund community stabilization activities in North-East Nigeria ravaged by Boko Haram terrorism.  The fund donated to United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is to beutilized through an ongoing programme launched in 2016. A statement by UNDP on Tuesday said the interventions being implemented

‘We won’t denuclearize unless US removes threat’–N/Korea

North Korea said Thursday it will never unilaterally give up its nuclear weapons unless the United States first removes what Pyongyang called a nuclear threat. The surprisingly blunt statement jars with Seoul’s rosier presentation of the North Korean position and could rattle the fragile trilateral diplomacy to defuse a nuclear