Archive for 2007

Listening to the People: Japanese Democracy and the New Security Agenda

by Andrew L. Oros February 20, 2007 One of the great triumphs of American foreign policy in the past century was the nurturing of democracy in what is now the world’s second largest economy, third largest military spender, and former enemy of the United States: Japan. American and Japanese elites, however, have repeatedly been challenged read more »

Putting the Cart Before the Horse: Does Abe have public support for his “proactive diplomacy”?

By Weston S. Konishi February 12, 2007 Even while his approval ratings drop at home, Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo’s rhetoric has been flying high abroad. While addressing NATO Council members in Brussels on January 12, the prime minister announced a new “proactive diplomacy” for Japan, based on fundamental values such as freedom, democracy, human read more »

Assessing Public Opinion Data: What to look for, and what to look past

by William Watts, President, Potomac Associates February 7, 2007 The Mansfield Asian Opinion Poll Database is an important contribution to the growing field of Asia-related public opinion research. With the rapid emergence of the region as a global economic powerhouse, and with the many and varied security and other issues that challenge the region’s political read more »

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