Japan’s sanctions policy vis-à-vis Russia: Implications for Western sanctions unity

Author: Maria Shagina

Categories: Sasakawa USA Forum

Sasakawa USA Forum Issue No. 15

Japan’s symbolic sanctions towards Russia after its annexation of Crimea and the ensuring crisis in Eastern Ukraine allowed the country to balance between the West and Russia in the short run, but they may be counterproductive for Japan’s territorial negotiations with Russia and the effectiveness of Western sanctions in the long run.

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Admiral Blair testifies before U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Forces

Categories: Congressional Hearings, Congressional Outreach, Sasakawa USA Blog

Admiral Dennis Blair, Chair of Sasakawa USA, testified before the U.S. Senate Armed Forces Committee on January 30. Blair was a witness for a hearing on the “Situation on the Korean Peninsula and U.S. Strategy in the Indo-Pacific Region.” Blair is a former Director of National Intelligence and previously served as Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Command.

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Experts offer analysis, context on North Korea at media roundtable event

Author: Christa Robelin Desrets

Categories: Sasakawa USA Blog

Just hours after President Donald Trump denounced North Korea’s continued missile tests in his first speech before the United Nations General Assembly on September 19, Sasakawa USA provided context and analysis to the Washington, D.C. journalism community at a private roundtable event at the National Press Club.

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Adm. Dennis Blair explains DPRK strategy of brinkmanship in Politico podcast

Categories: In the News

Although rhetoric regarding the North Korean regime’s continued nuclear tests has ramped up in Washington in recent weeks with Pyongyang’s actions, the overall North Korean strategy of provoking the international community while operating below the threshold of starting conflict has remained in place for about half a century, Sasakawa USA’s Admiral Dennis Blair explains in the latest episode of The Global Politico podcast with Susan Glasser.

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Japan’s Proactive Russia Policy

Author: James D.J. Brown

Categories: Sasakawa USA Forum

Sasakawa USA Forum Issue No. 7

Faced with threats posed by North Korea and China, and uncertain about the endurance of the U.S. commitment to the region, Japanese strategists see the logic of cultivating closer ties with Russia and thereby neutralizing the emergence of a hostile Sino-Russian bloc. Japan’s contemporary Russia policy is an initial sign of how a more proactive Japan may increasingly adopt policies that run counter to U.S. interests.

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