Monthly Archive: December, 2014

Congo: Ending the Status Quo

Congo: Ending the Status Quo International Crisis Group OVERVIEW The November 2013 defeat of the M23 armed group raised the hope that, after almost two decades of conflict, fundamental change and stabilisation were… Continue reading

Lebanon and Nasrallah: Hezbollah is Breaking Down the Shia-Sunni Divide

Lebanon and Nasrallah: Hezbollah is Breaking Down the Shia-Sunni Divide Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The conflict in Syria remains unresolved because the United States wants to bleed everyone… Continue reading

Yumeji Takehisa and Japanese Art: Complexity of Life

Yumeji Takehisa and Japanese Art: Complexity of Life Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times In all nation states you have elites which control and often abuse power based on “special interests” and “secrecy.”… Continue reading

Mexico: Upheaval and Paralysis

Mexico: Upheaval and Paralysis By Mary Speck | @speckmary International Crisis Group “Mexico cannot go on like this”, President Enrique Peña Nieto said on 27 November, addressing the country from the National Assembly.… Continue reading

Japan Should Strengthen Ties with the Russian Federation

Japan Should Strengthen Ties with the Russian Federation Galina Zobova, Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times   Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan should implement a major policy shift based… Continue reading

Keisai Eisen and Art of Japan: Shogetsu Pond and the Mirage of Life

Keisai Eisen and Art of Japan: Shogetsu Pond and the Mirage of Life Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times If one views the stunning image of the View of Shogetsu Pond by Keisai… Continue reading

Boko Haram, Islamic State and the Archipelago Strategy

Boko Haram, Islamic State and the Archipelago Strategy Publication: Terrorism Monitor Volume: 12 Issue: 24 By: Jacob Zenn The Jamestown Foundation This paper will explain how in northeast Nigeria, Boko Haram can be… Continue reading

FARC is Putting Pressure on President Santos of Colombia

FARC is Putting Pressure on President Santos of Colombia Michiyo Tanabe and Helmet Joachim Schmidt Modern Tokyo Times FARC have announced a very important unilateral ceasefire thereby putting more pressure on President Juan… Continue reading

Art of Japan and Ito Shinsui: A Foot in Both Worlds

Art of Japan and Ito Shinsui: A Foot in Both Worlds Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The artist Ito Shinsui (1898-1972) is a notable twentieth century artist from the land of the… Continue reading

Azerbaijani-Serbian Relations Booming Thanks to Mutual Interests

Azerbaijani-Serbian Relations Booming Thanks to Mutual Interests Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 11 Issue: 223 December 15, 2014 06:25 PM Age: 6 hrs By: Huseyn Aliyev The Jamestown Foundation On December 10, a… Continue reading

PM Abe of Japan Obtains A Perfect Parliamentary Result

PM Abe of Japan Obtains A Perfect Parliamentary Result Kanako Itamae and Pierre Leblanc Modern Tokyo Times The Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, called for a snap election based on strengthening his… Continue reading

Japanese Art and Samurai Taira no Tadamori

Japanese Art and Samurai Taira no Tadamori Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Taira no Tadamori (1096-1153) is depicted in a prestigious way in Japanese art because this notable samurai was widely respected… Continue reading

Finland Points the Way Ahead for Japan towards Russia: Remember Kosovo?

Finland Points the Way Ahead for Japan towards Russia: Remember Kosovo? Galina Zobova, Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times   The government of Japan should focus on the stance taken… Continue reading

Takfiris Kill in Kenya and Nigeria: Christian Leaders and Indigenous Islam Must Fight Back

Takfiris Kill in Kenya and Nigeria: Christian Leaders and Indigenous Islam Must Fight Back Lielit Kebede, Nuray Lydia Oglu and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Takfiri Islamists keep on butchering in Kenya… Continue reading

Kamisaka Sekka and Art of Japan: Changing Sands and Rimpa

Kamisaka Sekka and Art of Japan: Changing Sands and Rimpa Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The artist Kamisaka Sekka (1866-1942) lived in a very dramatic period in the history of Japan. He… Continue reading

Tensho Shubun and Impact of China: Zen Buddhist Priest in 15th Century Japan

Tensho Shubun and Impact of China: Zen Buddhist Priest in 15th Century Japan Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times   Artists in old Japan highlight the power and influence of China. At the… Continue reading

Georgian Chechens Increasingly Play Key Roles in Both Islamic State and Its Rivals

Georgian Chechens Increasingly Play Key Roles in Both Islamic State and Its Rivals Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 11 Issue: 217 By: Mairbek Vatchagaev The Jamestown Foundation After the followers of Sheikh Abu… Continue reading

Iran should focus on Shia Day and not Jerusalem Day: Takfiris, Sponsored Sectarianism and Killing the Shia

Iran should focus on Shia Day and not Jerusalem Day: Takfiris, Sponsored Sectarianism and Killing the Shia Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Islamic Republic of Iran is entering… Continue reading

A Coup Ordained? Thailand’s Prospects for Stability

A Coup Ordained? Thailand’s Prospects for Stability International Crisis Group EXECUTIVE SUMMARY On 22 May, for the twelfth time in Thailand’s history, the army seized power after months of political turbulence. This is… Continue reading

Foreign Policy of Japan: No Warrior Benkei in Sight therefore China and Russia are Essential

Foreign Policy of Japan: No Warrior Benkei in Sight therefore China and Russia are Essential Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Since the post-World War Two period it is abundantly obvious that America… Continue reading

Japanese Art and Culture: Ono no Komachi, Poetry and Myths

Japanese Art and Culture: Ono no Komachi, Poetry and Myths Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The waka poet, Ono no Komachi, is a noted poet in Japan. This reality is abundantly clear… Continue reading

The Maldives and Syria Connection: Jihad in Paradise?

The Maldives-Syria Connection: Jihad in Paradise? Publication: Terrorism Monitor Volume: 12 Issue: 22 By: Animesh Roul The Jamestown Foundation The Maldives, the Muslim-majority archipelago country in the Indian Ocean, is going through a… Continue reading