1. Abe’s Refusal to Shake Up Japan’s Labor Market Spells Decline

    Young Japanese can’t find the job security they need to start a family. Their government is doing nothing to help.

    When Prime Minister Shinzō Abe finally unveiled his plans to make Japan more competitive in June, the proposals underwhelmed. While he promised to lower Japan's corporate tax rate, currently the highest in the developed world, to below 30 percent, Abe shied…
  1. Israel Was Right to Reject American Ceasefire Proposal

    Secretary of State John Kerry seemed to have only taken into account the concerns of Hamas.

    When Secretary of State John Kerry's proposal for a ceasefire between Gaza militants and Israel reached the latter's cabinet on Friday, it reportedly united liberals and…
  1. Obama Escapes Nixon Treatment for Holiday Bombings

    Leftists condemned the 1972 bombings of North Vietnam but hardly criticize Barack Obama’s drone strikes in Yemen.

    In the fall of 1972, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and a North Vietnamese peace delegation led by Lê Đức Thọ reached a preliminary peace agreement in Paris that would eventually lead to the end of the Vietnam War, at the time America's longest war. Kissinger…
  1. Putin at Ease in Asia’s Power Politics

    The West’s desire to isolate Russia does not seem to resonate in Asia where powers’ interests trump liberal ideals.

    There is an expression in Japan: kumo o tsukamuyou. It translates roughly into "like grasping a cloud." We might call it "wishful thinking." The proverb springs to mind when reading Japan's former defense minister Yuriko Koike's…
  1. None of the Above: Europe’s Leaders Should Reject the Spitzenkandidaten

    By nominating someone else to chair the European Commission, leaders would make clear they are still in charge.

    When Europe's leaders meet on Tuesday to discuss who should replace José Manuel Barroso as European Commission president, they would do well to look outside the…
  1. Search for Yacht Crew Exposes British Defense Gaps

    Without maritime patrol aircraft, Britain is hardly able to commit assets of its own to the search for a missing yacht crew.

    The disappearance of four British sailors in the North Atlantic following the loss of their yacht, the Cheeki Rafiki, demonstrates that the Strategic Defense and Security Review (SDSR) undertaken by Britain's coalition government led by David…
  1. To Win Next Year, Britain’s Conservatives Need to Articulate Vision

    Voters get suspicious when Conservatives claim to be beating Labour at its own game. They should articulate their own vision instead.

    With Britain's economy doing better than most in the developed world and the opposition Labour Party seemingly trapped in the past, Prime Minister David Cameron should be sailing toward reelection. Yet, with a year to go…
  1. Federalization is Russian Design to Weaken Ukraine, Not Save It

    Russia’s solution for the crisis in Ukraine would only destabilize the country further and prevent it from deepening ties with the West.

    Russia's proposal to federalize Ukraine can hardly be seen as a sincere attempt to solve the crisis in that country. If implemented, such a scheme would almost certainly expand Russian influence into its former satellite state…