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    The U.S- Japan Economic Relationship and Views of Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies

    Mar 24, 2021

    This conference is part of the U.S.-Japan Socio-Economic Policy Exchange event series. It will first set the stage for with a discussion of the importance of the overall development of the U.S.-Japan economic relationship and then delve into the perspectives of blockchain and cryptocurrency experts from the U.S. and Japan. [Virtual]

  • Japan's Defence Minister Nobuo Kishi and Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi attend a video conference with Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and Defence Minister Ben Wallace (on the screen) at the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo, Japan, February 3, 2021, hoto by Franck Robichon/Reuters

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    A Strong Japan-U.K. Alliance Needed to Counter China

    Feb 24, 2021

    With Brexit behind it, Britain faces a question about what role it should play in the world. Assuming it wants to remain a power that can shape—but not dominate—international relations in ways favorable to its national interests, it makes sense to reach out to like-minded states with which to partner. And Japan may offer just that.

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    The U.S.-Japan Alliance: Advancing Cooperation on Strategic Technology and Defense

    Feb 23, 2021

    This two-day conference is part of the ongoing U.S.-Japan Alliance event series. On February 23, speakers will address the next phase in U.S- Japan defense cooperation. On February 25, the focus will be the challenge of building trusted 5G communications networks. [Virtual]

  • Members of Japan's Self-Defense Forces' infantry unit march during the annual SDF ceremony at Asaka Base, Japan, October 23, 2016, photo by Kim Kyung Hoon/Reuters

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    Japanese Public Needs to Know SDF to Appreciate It

    Feb 19, 2021

    Although Japan does not call the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) a military, externally it is widely respected as a modern armed force fielding advanced defense capabilities. Given the threats facing Japan, it may benefit the Japanese public to better understand the value of the SDF as an armed force and the military cooperation that takes place with the United States.

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    Reducing Hospital Prices, Vaccinating the Most Active, Myanmar: RAND Weekly Recap

    Feb 19, 2021

    This weekly recap focuses on regulating hospital prices to cut spending, a COVID-19 vaccine strategy that prioritizes “active” people, what the Capitol attack means for security clearances, and more.

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    Myanmar's Coup and Its Recent Elections: Institutions Matter

    Feb 15, 2021

    What was the Myanmar military's calculus in deciding to stage a coup against the civilian-led government? The history of coups and elections provides some insights.

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    Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, COVID-19 Variants, Myanmar: RAND Weekly Recap

    Feb 12, 2021

    This weekly recap focuses on alternatives in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, sexual assault and sexual harassment in the military, how couples can sleep better during the pandemic, and more.

  • Myanmar Army armored vehicles drive along a street after they seized power in a coup in Mandalay, Myanmar, February 2, 2021, photo by Stringer/Reuters

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    Myanmar Coup: First Foreign Policy Test for President Biden

    Feb 9, 2021

    Shortly after dawn on February 1, Myanmar's military staged a coup against the nation's fledgling civilian government. There are no easy solutions, and how the Biden administration responds will be widely seen as a template for other thorny situations in the future.