The contradictions of Japan’s self-defence force

“ARTICLE 9. Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on justice and order, the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes. (2) To accomplish the aim of the preceding paragraph, land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained. The right of belligerency of the state will not be recognized.” (Read More)


The Balance of Terror

On July 16th, 1945 the world entered the Atomic Age. With the successful detonation of the first nuclear weapon, code name: Trinity, diplomacy would never be the same again. The weapons of a modern nuclear arsenal contain multiple warheads, each with a yield around 20 times as powerful as the early designs. But are nuclear weapons really as deplorable an asset as they are often portrayed and perceived? (Read More)


Mongolia’s Third Neighbour Policy

The economy of Mongolia has been growing steadily in recent years, and has an abundance of natural resources ready to exploit. The government supports freedom of religion, since the fall of Communism in 1990, which is predominantly Buddhism (60%), and Atheism (25%). Internationally, the country has a lot of potential, especially for a comparatively small population of around 3,000,000 despite being the 19th largest country in terms of land mass. Despite this, it remains a third world country, with the majority of families living in poverty or as nomads.
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Insecurity and the Charlie Hedbo murders

Our Foreign Affairs Editor, Philip Horey, leads with the first in our new Snap Shot series; quick fire reactions and light-bulb ideas for your consumption.

Today, he looks at the questions to come from the murders at Charlie Hebdo in Paris. If you have any thoughts, please do leave a comment below the article or follow us on Twitter for the latest article news. (Read More)