If I was to ask the question of who has a higher domestic approval rating, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe or the beleaguered Donald J Trump, my guess is that most of you would get this wrong. I certainly did. With PM Abe's poll ranking plummeting due to a series of domestic scandals and a bad loss in the Tokyo Metropolitan election, it is a great time to have Shelia Smith, Senior Fellow for Japanese Studies at the Council of Foreign Relations back to the View from the Peak Expert Series on August 29th, to discuss PM Abe's prospects with our institutional clients. As a precursor, here is Sheila's latest work on the Japanese Cabinet reshuffle.
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Bannon Says the U.S. Is at ‘Economic War with China.’ Is He Right?
Steve Bannon, whose controversial views on China remain hugely influential in the White House, is visiting Hong Kong this week to speak at a China investment conference. In August, before he left his White House position as chief strategist, Bannon said the U.S. is “at economic war with China.” He added, “One of us is going to be a hegemon in 25 or 30 years and it’s gonna be them if we go down this path.” Are the United States and China in a state of economic war? If not, is that a likely outcome if tensions between the two nations continue to rise?
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Kim Jong Un must go. It's time for a Korean democratic unification. - AEI
The Trump team must move toward a strategy of ultimate unification of the peninsula. There are many main reasons for this. First, the nuclear problem is really a regime problem. The Kim family has made its legacy synonymous with becoming a nuclear state that can ultimately unify the peninsula on its own terms. Second, it is unclear whether long-term deterrence is stable. Northeast Asia would have to become very militarized. The military postures of Japan, South Korea, and the United States would have to favor the offense to be ready to strike down missiles and to keep Kim on the defensive. And it is unclear whether Japan and South Korea would remain non-nuclear. The US should still seek to limit the proliferation of nuclear weapons.
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Germany’s elections will determine whether Chancellor Angela Merkel remains in power, with ramifications for the migration crisis, the future of the European Union, and U.S.-German relations.
Bipartisanship wins a round at the White House - AEI
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Against all the odds at the start of his administration, President Donald Trump has proved to be good for the emerging market economies. That is, at least,