Unless you’re an international development wonk (and goodness, this town has its fair share), you probably have never heard of Kerala, a small state on the southwestern tip of India. For years, “I-Dev” types have raved over the fact that … read more
The insurgent lost in Japan this week, as master politician Ichiro Ozawa failed in his bid to unseat current Prime Minister Naoto Kan to become head of the Democratic Party of Japan (and thus, automatically become premier). Ozawa wanted to … read more
Hawaii’s a great place to vacation, but an even better place to get a front-row perspective on America’s role in Asia and the challenges our military faces in the region. My report from Pacific Command in Honolulu is here.
As usual, I’m late to following Reihan Salam’s excellent thoughts on all things, but in this case Japan. Reihan writes about a recent Adam Posen talk on the strength of Japan’s recovery under Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi from 2002 to … read more
Perry Link, the former Princeton and now UC-Riverside distinguished scholar of Chinese literature, has a blog post with the New York Review of Books that’s well worth reading. In the wake of the WikiLeaks release of thousands of classified documents … read more
Lots of ink has been spilled the past couple of days on China overtaking Japan as the world’s second-largest economy. I take a deeper look at Japanese society here.
We thought it ironic and worth pointing out that The British East India Company, which paved the way for the military and political takeover of India by the British crown in 1857, was recently purchased by an Indian entrepreneur, Sanjiv … read more
Yesterday, the Pentagon released its annual China military power report, renaming it the more bland “Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China” and delivering it several months late. Presumably, the delay was caused by senior officials in … read more
As Reza Jan wrote in The American last week, the tragic floods in Pakistan, which have killed more than 1,700 people and displaced some 20 million more, may be the worst disaster in the country’s history. The tragedy has been … read more
Just days after the United States and South Korea conducted their widely heralded naval exercises in response to North Korea’s March sinking of the South Korean naval vessel Cheonan, Pyongyang is sticking its thumb in the South’s eye. On Sunday, … read more