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Japan and the Lessons of War

By Vladimir ODINTSOV (Russia)

8. August 2013

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Japan and the Lessons of War

These days mark the tragic anniversary of the atomic bombing of the two Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the U.S. armed forces, which was carried out at the final stage of World War II. The consequence of this barbaric “experiment” is the fact that it remains only time in the history of combat, […]

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War in the East: How Khalkhin-Gol changed the course of WWII

By Rakesh KRISNAN SIMHA (India)

8. May 2013

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War in the East: How Khalkhin-Gol changed the course of WWII

In 1939 an unknown general named Georgy Zhukov trounced Japan at the Battle of Khalkhin-Gol in the Mongolian steppes, changing the trajectory of Japanese expansionism towards Pearl Harbour and Europe’s Asian colonies. The reasons for the spectacular Russian victories in Europe during WW II can be traced to a little-known but significant battle that took […]

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Russia – Japan: Shifting Agenda

By Konstantin PENZEV (Russia)

6. May 2013

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Russia – Japan: Shifting Agenda

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in Moscow on April 28 for a three-day visit, during which he met with President Vladimir Putin. He planted a cherry tree at the Russian Academy of Sciences’ gardenyard and listened to some drumming. Other outcomes of the summit meeting included signatures on documents about economic, cultural and foreign […]

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The Return of Empires (V)

By Dmitry MININ (Russia)

14. March 2013

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The Return of Empires (V)

Part I Part II Part III Part IV Modern-day empires in the East A peculiarity of the formation of «larger spaces», or modern-day empires in the East, is that some of them were themselves, until quite recently, objects of colonial ambition. Other imperial projects, meanwhile, are part of even larger schemes and are being built […]

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Territorial Disputes Spell Trouble for Asia-Pacific

By Andrey AKULOV (Russia)

10. October 2012

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Territorial Disputes Spell Trouble for Asia-Pacific

The flare ups are not limited by the Middle East region only. The events the world attention was focused on by the end of September made one more hot spot appear on the world map – an escalating dispute over the Senkaku islands claimed by China and Taiwan. The disputed territory is eight uninhabited islands […]

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Lessons of World War II

By Mikhail ARISTOV (Russia)

4. September 2012

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Lessons of World War II

On September 2, 1945, Japan, Nazi Germany’s last remaining ally, signed the act of unconditional surrender, putting the last dot in the history of the Second World War. The bloodiest war ever fought, it lasted 6 years, affected 40 countries and claimed 55 million lives. The historic signing ceremony was held aboard the U.S. Missouri […]

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Can We Rule Out a New Pearl Harbour?

By Konstantin PENZEV (Russia)

10. August 2011

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Can We Rule Out a New Pearl Harbour?

Most people have heard of Pearl Harbor, especially after the Hollywood movie of the same name came out. Yes, The film in which the charming Kate Beckinsale plays nurse Evelyn Johnson. But I’m sure you’re familiar with that blockbuster. Everybody in Hollywood seems to drink, smoke, snort a few, get married and divorced, and then […]

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Sowing the Wind

By Konstantin PENZEV (Russia)

29. March 2011

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Sowing the Wind

The radioactive dust had not yet settled after the explosion at the Fukushima nuclear power plant when Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan gave a speech saying it was inappropriate to compare the crisis at Fukushima-1 with the accident at Chernobyl in 1986. He said the amounts of radiation released then and now are not comparable, […]

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Japan and India: Coming Together For a Multipolar Asia

14. January 2011

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Japan and India:  Coming Together For a Multipolar Asia

By Rupakjyoti Borah (India) In a significant development that went largely unnoticed, India agreed to speed up the mining of its rare earth reserves during the visit of its Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Japan between October 24-26, 2010 for the annual bilateral summit. Rare earth materials find application in various niche areas like petroleum […]

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Is Guam Ready to Accept the US Military Bases from Okinawa?

1. October 2010

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Is Guam Ready to Accept the US Military Bases from Okinawa?

Sofya Pale (Russia) With a meeting between US President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan held on September 23, the media has begun saying that one of the main topics of discussion was the transfer of one third of the US military bases on the Japanese island of Okinawa to another less exotic […]

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Hiroshima 65 Years Later

9. August 2010

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Hiroshima 65 Years Later

Alexander Dobrovolsky (Russia) Sixty five years have passed since Aug 6, 1945 when the American B-29 flown by Air Force Colonel Paul Tibbets dropped the first atomic bomb on the Japanese city Hiroshima. According to various estimates, it exploded with an energy equivalent to 15-18 thousand pounds of TNT, about 2000 times greater than any […]

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