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Special Event: Japan Matters for Colorado

by Grace Ruch
On January 8, 2013 Colorado’s extensive ties with Japan were reflected in the crowd that attended the sold-out program at Denver’s Brown Palace Hotel on “Why Japan Matters in 2013 for Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Region.” The audience ranged from students to professionals in...

Bumpy Road to the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration

by Katherine G. Southwick
Katherine G. Southwick, International Law and Development Consultant recently based in the Philippines, explains that for ASEAN “Progress will be slow, but the establishment of human rights institutions is an irreversible process, through which member states will be held to account.” ...

Japanese Politics: “Season Three”

by Hirofumi Kawaguchi
Hirofumi Kawaguchi, Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Tokyo, explains that “The LDP’s landslide victory does not mean that Japanese voters enthusiastically support the LDP.”
When outgoing US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton welcomed incoming Japan Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida to Washington for the first time in his new official capacity on January 18, 2013, both officials highlighted the US-Japan relationship and the alliance in particular, as a...

Japan’s Election: Watching the Wrong Hawks

by Crystal Pryor
Crystal Pryor, recent Japan Studies Visiting Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington, explains that “While Abe has been termed a ‘hawk’ or ‘nationalist’ in Western media outlets, these terms carry different connotations in American discourse than they do in Japan.”

Closer US-India Relations Benefit the United States and Mississippi

by Senator Roger Wicker (R - MS)
Senator Roger Wicker, who represents Mississippi in the US Senate, explains that “The dynamic and productive US-India relationship continues to grow from strength to strength, and there is no doubt that this partnership will play a major role in US foreign policy in the years ahead. This...