Vladimir Terehov

What Would an Amendment of the “Anti-War” Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution Mean?

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The NEO tracks more or less regularly any significant developments in the evolution of Japanese defense policy, construed broadly. That is, attention is drawn to the long-standing debate on (possible) changes to the existing legal framework, the remarkable trends in military buildup itself, and the highly practical nature…

On India’s Narendra Modi’s European Tour

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India is increasingly marking its presence in the group of leading players in the current phase of the Great Game and therefore New Delhi’s most significant acts at the gaming table deserve a more or less regular assessment. Most noteworthy was Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Europe from May 1 to 4, during which he held talks with his counterparts…

The Speech Delivered by Truss and the Taiwan Issue

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It makes sense to start telling another chronicle of the Taiwan issue with the sensational speech of the UK Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss at the residence of the Lord Mayor of the City of London on April 27. The topic of Taiwan in this speech (undoubtedly a keynote statement with a rather obvious personal and domestic political background…

Solomon Islands: a New Focus for US-China Confrontation

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The Solomon Islands have been added to Taiwan and Ukraine, two of the most “heated” zones of the current phase of the “Great Game,” since late March this year. Regarding this state, most readers are unlikely to be able to say anything more or less definitive (if they even know of its existence). This is not surprising, since this is a country of a total population…

Boris Johnson’s Visit to India

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The visit to India on April 21-22 by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is not an ordinary event for either side. As far as India is concerned, the way its leadership has developed relations with each of the leading players in the current phase of the Great Game, one of which is the former metropole, does not contradict New Delhi’s overall (relatively) neutral positioning at the world’s gaming table…

Washington Keeps “Courting” New Delhi

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India’s membership in a limited pool of the “Big World Game” major players is one the country’s major distinctive features today. At the same time, New Delhi’s positioning at the global “gaming table” is of critical importance for both of the two leading players, the US and China. It appears quite obvious that it is up to India to resolve the mentioned issue, and India relies…

What the Ousting of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Really Means

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It would seem that with the passing of a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Imran Khan by the lower house of Pakistan’s parliament on April 9 this year and the subsequent election of Shehbaz Sharif to the post, the acute political crisis of the previous two weeks, dubbed the “constitutional” crisis, could have been safely resolved. However, it makes sense to refrain…

The 2+2 Meeting between Japan and the Philippines

The Japan-Philippines meeting of Foreign and Defence Ministers in the so-called “2+2 format” that took place in Tokyo on April 9 is not an ordinary event in the series of others that shape the current situation in the Indo-Pacific region. First of all, it is worth noting once again the significance of the very presence of such a format in the relations between certain pairs…

The Political Crisis in Sri Lanka

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The last year has seen the escalation of two processes which are rewriting the global political map, triggering an international crisis which is unfolding and taking in more and more countries as we watch. The two processes behind the crisis may take on very different forms. Ukraine seems destined to become the fuse that could ignite a global fire, risking both its own destruction and that of the “old…

Pakistan is Entering Another Phase of Turbulence

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News agencies report about the attempt to dismiss the Lower House of the Parliament of Pakistan, undertaken on April 3 by Prime Minister Imran Khan – an evidence of reaching a qualitatively new level of (another) aggravation of the situation in the country, which has been escalating over the past few weeks. This happened despite the fact that the domestic…

The Latest Balikatan Exercise and the Situation in the Philippines

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The current Balikatan military exercises between the US and the Philippines (“balikatan” is a Tagalog word meaning “shoulder-to-shoulder”), which began on March 28 and will last until the end of April, are an event of wide-ranging significance, and thus deserve this author’s attention. First and foremost, because…

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s Visit to India

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It is now possible to be cautiously optimistic about relations between China, India and Japan, which may soon be put on a normal, stable footing – an essential prerequisite if we are to see an improvement in the overall situation in the Indo-Pacific region. That is despite the fact that the recent visit by Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to India has rather dampened…


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