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Japan’s Constitutional Reinterpretation and Its Pursuit of New Security Relationships

Posted by Felix K. Chang
July 8, 2014 - 9:45am

On July 1, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe announced that his cabinet approved a resolution to reinterpret Article Nine of Japan’s 67-year old constitution.  That article, which stipulates that Japan would forever renounce war as a sovereign right, effectively forbids its military from coming to the aid of allies under attack or, in other words, engaging in what it calls “collective self-defense.”  The new cabinet resolution would remove that restriction.  It would also relax the limits... Read more... Tags: Japan, Shinzō Abe, Article Nine, constitution, War Powers, Security Relationships, Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement

Arts, Culture, Geopolitics: FX's Tyrant

Posted by Tally Helfont
June 25, 2014 - 3:15pm

It seems like the events of September 11th, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the Arab Spring have caused art to imitate life-–in this case, in the form of dramatic television series. FX recently premiered its own addition to this emerging genre with its new series about the fictional Middle Eastern dictatorship of Abbudin, and the Al Fayeed family that rules it. Based on an amalgamation of Saddam’s Iraq and al-Assad’s Syria,... Read more... Tags: Arts Culture Geopolitics, FX Tyrant, Television, Middle East, Art imitating life

Afghan Presidential Election - Second Round Glevum Face-to-Face Opinion Survey - Key Findings

Posted by Michael Noonan
June 12, 2014 - 8:54am

By Andrew Garfield

Summary: In this second poll from Glevum Associates, results indicate that Ashraf Ghani has taken the lead (48%) over Abdullah Abdullah (45%) for the second round of voting, according to a face-to-face survey of 2,223 Afghans interviewed from June 4th to June 10th. When asked who would bring peace to Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani was again in... Read more... Tags:

Afghan Presidential Election Second Round Opinion Survey Findings

Posted by Michael Noonan
June 11, 2014 - 11:28am

By Andrew Garfield

Summary: Ashraf Ghani has taken the lead (49%) over Abdullah Abdullah (42%) for the second round of voting, according to a survey of 2806 Afghans, contacted by telephone, from June 3rd to June 9th. When asked who would bring peace to Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani was again in the lead with 47% of likely voters choosing him, compared to 39% choosing Abdullah... Read more... Tags:

Afghanistan On The Brink – The Last Chance For A “Correction”

Posted by Michael Noonan
June 10, 2014 - 10:03am

By Andrew Garfield

In April 2014, shortly after the first round of the Afghan Presidential election, I wrote an FPRI E-Note publicizing the findings of two pre-election polls that my company Glevum Associates had undertaken in Afghanistan, funded by a grant provided by the Department of State.   I assessed that... Read more... Tags: Afghanistan, Elections, Electoral Fraud, Karzai, Abdullah, Ghani

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