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John Hemmings

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John Hemmings

Dr. John Hemmings is the founding Director of the Asia Studies Centre at the Henry Jackson Society and an adjunct fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. His research focuses on East Asia, Japan, Korea, China, India, and their relations with the West

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May 22, 2018

Global Britain and an emerging India in the backdrop of the Commonwealth Summit

British civil servants responsible for the recent Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting held in London breathed a sigh of relief seeing India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi walk down the aircraft stairs. Waiting alongside the High Commissioner to greet Modi was …

Posted in India, Opinion Editorial
May 18, 2018

With the North Korea talks at risk, has Trump maxed out on ‘maximum pressure’?

hen North Korea threatened to call off next month’s summit with the US, because of the insistence it give up its nuclear weapons, the White House appeared to have been caught off guard. “We haven’t been notified at all, we’ll have to see,” was …

Posted in North Korea, Opinion Editorial
April 28, 2018

Kim and Moon’s meeting was ‘historic’ – but what will its ramifications be? An expert explains

The photographs seem to say it all: Kim Jong-un greeting a smiling Moon Jae-in at the border of North Korea; the two men gingerly stepping over the border stone into each other’s countries. The sight of North Korean bodyguards running alongside Kim’s …

Posted in North Korea, Opinion Editorial
April 26, 2018

The Riddle of North Korea’s Diplomacy

Famously, Donald Rumsfeld once said there are “known knowns, and then there are known unknowns”. With the current North Korea situation, this expression seems apt. There are things that we appear to know, for example the actual planned events, the …

Posted in North Korea, Opinion Editorial
April 23, 2018

The New Great Game in the Indo-Pacific

This past March saw a mini-crisis develop in the Indian Ocean and it all revolved around the tiny island nation of Maldives. The crisis began in earnest after Maldivian President Yameen Abdul Gayoom declared a state of emergency after rejecting a Supreme …

Posted in Asia, Opinion Editorial
April 19, 2018

Can Donald Trump do a deal with Kim Jong-un without selling out a key regional ally?

The outlines of a Trump Doctrine are beginning to emerge. It is mercurial, flexible, and tactically volatile, but to paraphrase Polonius there is method to the madness.
The question is: can Trump give Kim Jong-un what he needs to make the …

Posted in North Korea, Opinion Editorial
March 29, 2018

Against all odds, is Trump about to solve the North Korea nuclear crisis?

The arrival in Beijing of a long, armoured North Korean train was as mysterious as it was sudden. Who could it be? Kim Jong-un hadn’t publicly left his country since he became leader in 2011, fearful perhaps of a military …

Posted in North Korea, Opinion Editorial
March 12, 2018

There is a slim but real chance of peace in Korea – as long as the US doesn’t concede too much

Happy day: the news that President Trump has agreed to a summit with North Korea’s Kim Jung-un sometime in May at last raises the possibility of de-escalating the long-simmering crisis. But before we start cracking out the bubbly and nominating for …

Posted in North Korea, Opinion Editorial
March 9, 2018

The myth of Chinese containment

The great debate on the meaning of China’s rise is coming to a close. Where academics once argued over whether the Asian power would be a status quo or systemic challenger, there is growing consensus that China intends to reshape …

Posted in China, Opinion Editorial
February 5, 2018

Japan is Back on the World Stage

Just over a month after the foreign and defence ministers of Britain and Japan stood side-by-side in the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich in December 2017, Japan’s foreign minister, Taro Kano, and defence minister, Itsunori Onodera, were standing with their …

Posted in Japan, Opinion Editorial
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