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Korean peninsula 2015: one step forward and two steps back

Korean peninsula 2015: one step forward and two steps back[1] Marco Milani Università di Bologna marco.milani6@unibo.it and Barbara Onnis University of Cagliari bonnis@unica.it     In 2015, in South Korea, President Park Geun-hye’s decline in popularity, which had begun in the previous year, further accelerated. In particular, the outbreak of …

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Japan 2015: Confronting East Asia’s Geopolitical Game of Go

Japan 2015: Confronting East Asia’s Geopolitical Game of Go[1]   Giulio Pugliese   Heidelberg University & Pacific Forum CSIS Non-Resident Fellow giulio.pugliese@zo.uni-heidelberg.de         This essay focuses on the mounting geopolitical tensions around the South China Sea so as to gauge Japan’s growing assertiveness in foreign and security …

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China 2015: Implementing the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road

China 2015: Implementing the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road  Francesca Congiu  University of Cagliari fcongiu@unica.it     The present article sees as the most important political-economic development in China in the year 2015 the fulfilment of the first phase of a gargantuan political-economic project: …

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Japan in 2014: Between a China Question and a China Obsession

Japan: Between a China Question and a China Obsession Giulio Pugliese[1] Heidelberg University & Pacific Forum CSIS Non-Resident Fellow, giulio.pugliese@zo.uni-heidelberg.de Introduction  Events in 2014 confirmed the centrality of Prime Minister Abe Shinzō in Japan’s political landscape, in line with the expectation of the previous year’s analysis.[2] Following the landmark Cabinet …

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