Strangely, the third-largest economy in the world cannot overcome the dilemma of human suffering in an environment that will produce augmented reality and self-driving vehicles and intelligent machines. It’s insoluble, maybe. Japan has been suffering from a high rate of suicides. The ratio of suicides in just a month of October is much higher than the COVID-19’s total death toll.
As Jacinda’s successful pandemic-containment has overpowered her incompetence in fulfilling campaign issues, New Zealanders rewarded her with a second term. But her next term will only get harder. Now Jacinda and her previously promised issues have to also deal with issues like unemployment, historic recession, and poverty that arose due to pandemic.
The atrocities committed in this report are not a rare occurrence or a cherry-picked event from the Afghan War, rather a normal for the forces there. These normalized acts of violence by the West enables rite of passages such as “blooding” and turns civilians into collateral damage. The report mentions these crimes were not committed in “the heat of the battle”; these are indeed war crimes.
Analysts doubt that China can be a strategic challenge for multinational cooperation in the region. But the question is that is QUAD really the best platform for handling the growing Chinese capacity. Two members of the QUAD are too unreliable to serve this purpose, which are Australia and Japan. This leaves QUAD with two certain members India and America; whose growing strategic partnership is a threat to China anyways. There is no need for a QUAD for this purpose.
According to Regional Security Complex Theory, securitization is more intense between the countries inside of the regional security complex, patterned to the security interdependence of the region, a security cluster. Great outside power can penetrate it. RSCT leads to positive security interdependence by making shared security community or negative, including securitization, which leads to conflict formation. The defense pacts and agreements will undoubtedly lead to negative security interdependence by considering the region’s states’ dynamics.
Myanmar amidst decades-long ethnic crises and military rule is going to witness the next election of schedule on 8 November 2020. Historically, it will be the second election after the historic victory of democracy over the 50 years of military rule. It seems that instead of making this election inclusive for all ethnicities, the International community is supporting the Myanmar government in its hostile steps. The current bleak picture of Myanmar’s ethnic crises and the crucial role of the West in the recent election has shocked the world. It is a need of an hour for the West and international institutions to support Rohingya to get their electoral rights to mitigate the ethnic crises through free and fair elections.
However, since the past two decades, with the advent of a rising China and the increasingly securitized world, the political discourse in Japan with regards to its role in this new world has been increasingly contested, at times by highly opposite perspectives, on the nature of security and defence of modern Japan. Two recent strategic challenges underpin this highly contestable debate within Japan: China’s rise and the wavering of the American commitment to protect Japan from external belligerence in Trump’s era.