Japan’s recent announcement that it plans to dramatically increase defense spending over the next five years was greeted with praise and relief by U.S. policymakers. It intends to raise defense spending to 2 percent of GDP by 2027, or 60 percent over five years. Washington will need to keep the pressure on Tokyo to stick to and even expand its defense investment further—for example, by making U.S. military assistance to Japan conditional on continued, larger increases in Japan’s defense spending in coming years. Over the past thirty years, Japan has maintained an annual defense budget of about 1 percent of its GDP. Upgrades to and acquisition of new weapons and equipment, improvements to infrastructure, and reviving Japan’s defense sector will take years to complete, only yielding full benefits well-after 2027.
About the AuthorsDean Jackson is project manager of the Influence Operations Researchers’ Guild, a component of the Partnership for Countering Influence Operations at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Often collated with adjacent issues like cybersecurity, hybrid operations, and information interference, influence operations offer multiple entry points, angles, and levels of analysis. For example, there is a difference between examining a country’s foreign policy through its influence operations and researching a state’s influence operations as a function of its foreign policy: the first question is interested in policy, whereas the second question is preoccupied with operations. In August 2019, Twitter released its first influence operations data set linked to the Chinese government into the public domain through its influence operations archive. ConclusionPolitical spam’s role in facilitating, maintaining, and even supplanting supposedly more sophisticated influence operations merits revisiting how analysts approach the often tricky issue of how, when, and whether to attribute influence operations to specific actors.5 months ago Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Stories of resilience: Human Rights Champions of 2022 While few managed to secure bail, many human rights warriors continue to be behind bars26, Dec 2022 | CJP TeamHuman Rights activists, who held the torch for fellow Indians in 2022 include journalists incarcerated for reporting the truth, activists who raised voices of dissent against the regime and even those who courageously fought incidents of online abuse and sexual violence. Here is a detailed look at this inspiring list of warriors battling a wide spectrum of human rights. CJP stands in solidarity with the human rights defenders targeted by a vindictive state. We also need human rights defenders and social activists to work tirelessly to uphold our shared values of equality, peace and justice. He received the 25th Human Rights Press Award for coverage of February 2020’s Delhi riots.3 months ago Citizens for Justice and Peace
Additionally, the talks involved creating a robust plan to compete with China directly in terms of political regimes and trade. EU Foreign Minister Josep Burrell argues against this mindset and believes Western countries should take China much more seriously as an economic rival and political threat. Another reason for Western countries disregarding China as a credible threat is the questionable choices of the Chinese Government. Additionally, in May, the EU urged China to recognize Hong Kong’s autonomy and refrain from implementing the same censorship practices on them as their own citizens. China’s GDP is second place in the world, following the United States, which makes up 24.4% of the world’s GDP.5 months ago The Organization for World Peace
Fiji finalized its prime ministerial elections on December 24th, with Al Jazeera reporting that Sitiveni Rabuka of the People’s Alliance Party (P.A.P.) The FijiFirst party has also held a decreasing share of the vote since Bainimarama was first elected after his coup, which shows similar promise. Additionally, if a coup is to occur, it is important to bear in mind how cutting off all relations affects the citizens themselves. Ceasing diplomatic relations with a coup government can send an important message against military governments, but also prioritizes foreign powers’ views over the interests of the country’s citizens. Ultimately, foreign powers must work to support the people of Fiji in maintaining a form of government that is both functional for them and can prevent another coup.2 months ago The Organization for World Peace
The new year began in Iran as the old one ended: with executions. 2023 promises to be even more consequential than 2022, which has already shaken the foundations of the Islamic Republic. His research focuses on foreign and security policy, in particular regarding Iran and the Persian Gulf, on European and transatlantic affairs, and on citizens’ engagement. Three news bits from the past days illustrate what has already changed in Iran—and why this is relevant for Europe and the rest of the world. Such are the developments—inside the regime as well as in its relations with international partners—that set the stage for Europe’s wider confrontation with Iran this year.2 months ago Carnegie Europe
The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has stated that government is prepared to take the necessary steps in reclaiming all state lands including University of Cape Coast (UCC) lands that have been encroached on by developers across the country. He inaugurated a number of facilities namely, the School of Graduate Studies Building, a six-storey guest house and School of Medical Sciences Auditorium and adjoining facilities. He further urged management, staff, students and stakeholders to put their shoulders to the wheel to ensure further development and transformation of the University. The government, he said, would not renege on its commitment to providing quality education and equal opportunities for future generations to have a good education. Please report any inappropriate content to us, and we will evaluate it as a matter of priority.5 months ago Peace FM Online
Oct. 27, 1977: Dale Cox is elected the first president of the newly-formed High Prairie Rodeo Association. Oct. 27, 2008: High Prairie hits the national news as improper use of syringes at the hospital scares former patients. Oct. 27, 2015: High Prairie town council discusses whether or not to elect a mayor from its ranks. Oct. 27, 2015: High Prairie discusses hiring a regional economic development officer with Big Lakes County. Oct. 27, 2016: High Prairie town council decides to add the names of Ron and Diane Ukrainetz to the High Prairie Citizens Monument.5 months ago South Peace News