Thoughts On Caroline Kennedy’s Nomination As Ambassador To Japan

The government shutdown this week has been a disappointing result of an ongoing stalemate over Obamacare, a fight the Tea Party is bound to lose. The shutdown may be the one thing Congress actually achieves this term that any of us will notice. Just prior to shuttering our public institutions, however, the Senate was able to work through one thing successfully.… [Read more]

Allies Across the Pacific? Japan’s Reaction To the Syria Issue

All of us are on edge right now as we wait to hear from Congress on the prospect of a US move against Syria. The rest of the world is feeling pretty pensive, too; take for example everything we’ve been hearing about Russia and Iran’s stance on the matter.

We’ve also gotten word from Great Britain that they will not be backing us on any potential military strikes into that quagmire.… [Read more]

Stormy Seas On California’s Coast

California is playing host to two of our most important partners in Asia: Japan and China. On Tuesday, troops from Japan’s Ground Self Defense Forces (GSDF) arrived for amphibious training exercises with the US Marines off the coast of San Diego. Last Friday, Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived at Rancho Mirage to meet with President Obama about national security issues relevant to both countries.… [Read more]

Skipping Rocks: the Quarrel Between Japan and China, and What it Means to America

As the New Year unfolds before us, we find ourselves falling off one rock and headed down toward another. We’re a bunch of Rockhounds, really, with an excellent collection going. While we’re busy arguing about the Fiscal Cliff, however, there are other dramas unfolding around the world.

Across East Asia there have been huge political changes following several important national elections this year.… [Read more]