What Japanese Remilitarization Means For Asia And The World

As China flexes its newly developed military muscle throughout Asia and re-draws maps at will, what would happen if Japan abandoned its post-war pacifist policy?

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This past week the world witnessed the centennial anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. His assassination 100 years ago sparked a crisis between Austria and Serbia that, due to the polarized alliance system of the day, quickly pit one group of great European

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Indonesia’s Resort Island Of Bali Has Refused To Host The World’s Largest Tobacco Trade Fair

Cigarette advertising in Indonesia is so offensively prevalent no one blinks an eye when Philip Morris sponsors a refugee camp, let alone a children’s concert. This is a country where a huge billboard in Jakarta promoting the cigarette brand LA Lights reads, in really big letters, “Don’t Quit.” Even worse — if it can be […]

An Indonesian elderly man smokes cigarette in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Cigarette advertising in Indonesia is so offensively prevalent no one blinks an eye when Philip Morris sponsors a refugee camp, let alone a children's concert. This is a country where a huge billboard in Jakarta promoting the cigarette brand LA Lights reads, in really big letters, "Don't Quit." Even worse — if it can be worse — the "Do" and the

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Myanmar Struggles With Slow Politcal Reform

Activists say ethnic-religious conflict remains a major problem.

It’s been roughly three years since Myanmar’s junta decided to pull its country out of the dark ages and into the modern world, but that decision is proving to be a long and difficult process, as conflict between Muslims and Buddhists continues as the country takes up the chairmanship of a southeast Asian regional body. It began when military

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US Ups Security Aid To SE Asia, Criticizes China

Tensions are running high after a near-collision of U.S. and Chinese naval vessels this month.

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry offered harsh words for China and new maritime security assistance for Southeast Asia on Monday to bolster countries facing growing Chinese assertiveness in a region where the two world powers are jockeying for influence. Tensions are running high after a near-collision of U.S. and Chinese

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Delay In Pacific Trade Pact Hurts US Shift To Asia

While negotiators say there has been substantial progress with the TPP, secrecy of negotiations has fed into skepticism among Democrats and labor unions about how free trade agreements would affect U.S. companies and workers.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The failure to finalize a landmark trans-Pacific trade pact this year as planned has dealt a blow to President Barack Obama's policy shift to Asia. While negotiators say they have made substantial progress, many hurdles remain to creating a bloc encompassing a third of global trade. One of the biggest will be winning the

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Problems Pile Up In Asia For US Policymakers

President Barack Obama faces difficulty in Asia, a region he had wanted to play a bigger part in American foreign policy.

WASHINGTON (AP) — While the Obama administration is making diplomatic progress on some of the Mideast's thorniest security issues, problems are piling up in Asia, a region that President Barack Obama had wanted to play a bigger part in American foreign policy. Despite efforts to forge deeper ties with China to make East Asia more stable,

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