Japan's Foreign and Security Policy Under the 'Abe Doctrine': New Dynamism or New Dead End?

Japan's Foreign and Security Policy Under the 'Abe Doctrine': New Dynamism or New Dead End?

Christopher W. Hughes

Language: English

Pages: 125

ISBN: B010WI5EC8

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Prime Minister Abe Shinzō's foreign and security policy—highly charged with ideological and historical revisionism—contains the potential to shift Japan onto a new international trajectory. Its degree of articulation and energy makes for an 'Abe doctrine' capable of displacing the 'Yoshida Doctrine' that has been Japan's guiding grand strategy in the post-war period. Abe has already begun to introduce radical policies that look to transform national security policy into a more muscular military stance, bolster US-Japan alliance ties to function increasingly for regional and global security, and attempt to encircle China's influence in East Asia. The 'Abe Doctrine' is dynamic but also high-risk. Abe's revisionism contains fundamental contradictions that may ultimately limit the effectiveness, or even defeat, the doctrine, and along the way inflict collateral damage on relations with East Asia and Japan's own national interests.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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