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Abe’s safe bet

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has thrown out the political playbook. With two years remaining in his term, and with his Liberal Democratic Party enjoying comfortable majorities in the Diet’s upper and lower houses, Abe has called a snap general election for December.

Posted: November 28th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Northeast Asia’s home fires burning

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Successful diplomatic summits are almost always precooked affairs, with every aspect of the meeting, from the initial handshakes to the final communiqué, minutely choreographed.

Posted: November 3rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

How to end an insurgency

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When the Moro Islamic Liberation Front took up arms in the Philippines in the 1960s, Ferdinand Marcos had yet to become the country’s president—let alone its dictator.

Posted: June 30th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Who lost Thailand?

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Thailand, Southeast Asia’s most developed and sophisticated economy, is teetering on the edge of the political abyss. Yet most of the rest of Asia appear to be averting their eyes from the country’s ongoing and increasingly anarchic unrest. That indifference is not only foolish; it is also dangerous. Asia’s democracies now risk confronting the same harsh question that the United States faced when Mao Zedong marched into Beijing, and again when Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini ousted the Shah in Iran. Who, they will have to ask, lost Thailand?

Posted: January 25th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

North Korea’s blackmail missile

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TOKYO—The Unha-3 rocket launched from Sohae in North Korea on the morning of Dec. 12 passed through Japanese air space over the island of Okinawa 12 minutes later, and crashed into the Pacific Ocean roughly 300 kilometers east of the Philippines. The launch could be considered a mild surprise, because South Korean intelligence sources had suggested that it had been canceled.

Posted: December 30th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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