• Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: The touchy issue of Japan's plutonium

    11 March 2014.  A workshop in Beijing last week on strategic nuclear issues in Northeast Asia, which I jointly organised with the China Institute of International Studies, took an unexpected turn. As specified in the agenda, China’s plutonium reprocessing plans were duly discussed; but more attention was focused on Japan’s plutonium. It is not unusual for Japan’s huge stockpile of plutonium to draw attention at such events. Japan owns 44 tonnes of the stuff, most...

  • IISS Voices

    Sanjaya Baru: World of Narendra Abe

    07 March 2014.  By Sanjaya Baru, Director for Geo-economics and Strategy At the tail end of a question-answer session following a lecture in Singapore an East Asian member in the audience asked me if I could enlighten him on what India’s foreign policy was likely to be in a Narendra Modi government. Pressed for time, and not prepared for the question, I offered a telegraphic reply. Mr Modi, I told him, would be the...

  • IISS Voices

    John Drennan: Solution in sight for Russia-Japan islands dispute?

    04 March 2014.  By John Drennan, Research Assistant, Russia and Eurasia ‘There is an excellent chance that the so-called Northern Territories dispute between Russia and Japan is in its penultimate or perhaps its ultimate chapter,’ said Matthew Ouimet, IISS–US Consulting Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia. These four islands, Kunashiri, Habomai, Shikotan, and Etorofu, are located northeast of Japan in the Sea of Okhotsk. For the first time in over 60 years, both sides...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Military Balance Recap: Defence spending - when will China match US?

    19 February 2014.  Giri Rajendran, IISS Research Associate for Defence and Economics, talks about global military spending trends and their implications at the launch of The Military Balance 2014 on 5 February. ‘To some extent, it’s futurology,’ he says. China has been increasing its military spending but it is still a long way off from what the US spends, and for China to achieve parity it must maintain its current growth rates – about...

  • IISS Voices

    William Choong: When making up is hard to do

    19 February 2014.  By William Choong, Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security From London to Davos to New York, the new year has seen China and Japan stepping up their war of rhetoric. Writing an op-ed in Britain’s Daily Telegraph, Liu Xiaoming, the Chinese ambassador to Britain, likened Japan’s militarism to Voldemort, the arch villain in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. In a subsequent commentary, Mr Liu’s counterpart Keiichi Hayashi gave as good as...

  • Events

    Future of the Russia-Japan Relationship

    11 February 2014. 

    IISS-US Discussion meeting
    Dr Matthew Ouimet, Consulting Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia, IISS
    Moderator: Dr Samuel Charap, Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia, IISS
    Tuesday February 2014
    IISS-US, Washington DC

  • Military Balance Blog

    Christian Le Miére: Japanese defence forces’ normalisation

    05 February 2014.  By Christian Le Miére, Senior Fellow for Naval Forces and Maritime Security Japan’s military ‘normalisation’ process has been under way for more than two decades. The country’s first overseas deployment of ground troops since the Second World War occurred in 1992, when two 600-strong engineering units were deployed to Cambodia to assist in the UN peacekeeping mission. Since then, Tokyo has deployed more than 8,400 troops and police to locations as...

  • IISS Voices

    Christian Le Miere: Japan's hard-line stance hurting its soft power

    31 January 2014.  By Christian Le Miere, Senior Fellow for Naval Forces and Maritime Security Mark Twain said history did not repeat but rhymed. In north-east Asia recently, it may be truer to say that history has been echoing, as controversy over regional memorials has underlined the complex trilateral relationship between China, Japan and South Korea. Earlier this month, the Chinese city of Harbin opened a memorial hall in its railway station commemorating Ahn Jung-geun...

  • IISS Voices

    William Choong: The power of dreams (or lack thereof)

    17 January 2014.  By William Choong, Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security For a long time, charismatic politicians in Japan have been few and far between. But the year-old administration of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seems to be cranking them out. Speaking at an IISS–Asia Fullerton Lecture on 16 January, Ichita Yamamoto had an uncanny ability to hold 160 members of the audience in thrall. He answered questions from the floor standing up...

  • Events

    Asia's Prosperity and the Importance of Open Seas

    16 January 2014. 

    IISS-Fullerton Lecture
    Ichita Yamamoto
    Minister of State for Ocean Policy and Territorial Integrity, Japan
    Fullerton Hotel, Singapore
    Thursday 16 January 2014

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