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Concerns mount as Japan, China island dispute shows no sign of easing

Concerns mount as Japan, China island dispute shows no sign of easing

Whitney Eulich,
September 19, 2012

Tensions are mounting over the disputed islands in the East China Sea, just one day after the anniversary of Japan’s 1931 occupation of China. Twelve Chinese vessels reportedly arrived in the waters around the islands today, and some fear there is potential of pushing rhetoric to the next level between China and Japan, which have two of the best-equipped militaries in the region.

On Sunday, US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta warned that the territorial dispute could lead to a “violent conflict.” In comments made on his way to a weeklong trip to the Asia-Pacific region, he told reporters:

The Nightmare Scenario: A U.S.-China War

The Nightmare Scenario: A U.S.-China War

By James R. Holmes
September 19, 2012

Our great and powerful editor has requested—nay, demanded!—a series of posts exploring how a U.S.-China war might unfold. That sounds like a request for prophecy.

The Arab upheavals and Iran's nuclear program

The Arab upheavals and Iran's nuclear program

 

Ethnic identity is a primary factor in the poll responses, Telhami says, adding that many of the Arab respondents view Iran's nuclear ambitions as positive for the larger Middle East.

Stephen M. Walt

September 17, 2012

 

If you're one of those people who still thinks it would be a good idea to attack Iran, you might spend a moment or two reflecting on the past week of events in the Middle East. If a stupid and amateurish video can ignite violent anti-American protests from Tunisia to Pakistan, just imagine what a joint U.S.-Israeli attack on Iran would do.

US and Japan reach missile defense agreement; China isn't happy

US and Japan reach missile defense agreement; China isn't happy

 

 Silverstein,September 17, 2012

 

The United States has announced that it will deploy a second advanced missile-defense system in Japan, BBC News reported. North Korea is the the primary threat that Japan's missiles are directed at, and people in Japan have become increasingly alarmed by North Korea's missile technology. But the technology in Japan may also be directed at China, where the deal between the US and Japan received immediate criticism.

Russia’s Views of the Security Situation in East Asia

Russia’s Views of the Security Situation in East Asia

September 2012

 

Experts usually delineate two main regions in East Asia: Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia. Northeast Asian countries are generally more developed politically and economically, but they are very dependent on different kinds of resources from outside their territories. This feature exacerbates other factors in their bilateral relationships which often lead to tension. Southeast Asian countries are rich in resources, but the region’s great political and cultural complexity and diversity make it difficult for it to assert itself in international relations. Southeast Asian countries themselves are unable to build a regional security system without taking into consideration the political interests and positions of global actors and neighboring countries in Northeast Asia.

A teachable moment for the United States on its role in the Middle East

A teachable moment for the United States on its role in the Middle East

Daniel W. Drezner

September 16, 2012

In 2012, I've begun to notice that there have been certain instances where events move so rapidly that my blogging about them is futile -- even in the time it takes for me to cogitate and craft a blog post, the situation on the ground changes. This happened with the Chen Guangcheng case, and it happened this week with the rash of protests and violent stormings of U.S. facilities in the Greater Middle East. Now it's certainly possible that I'm losing my fastball, but I think it might be that there are moments when taking a deep breath and stepping back are useful exercises before rendering judgment and analysis.

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