China’s “Server Sinification” Campaign for Import Substitution: Strategy and Snowden (Part 2)

China’s “Server Sinification” Campaign for Import Substitution: Strategy and Snowden (Part 2) Publication: China Brief By: Clark Edward Barrett The Jamestown Foundation Since 2009, the Chinese government, in cooperation with state-run and private firms, has conducted an import substitution campaign in its computer server market, which is currently dominated by U.S. information technology (IT) companies…

President El-Sisi of Egypt Orders Strikes Against ISIS after Christians Killed in Libya

President El-Sisi of Egypt Orders Strikes Against ISIS after Christians Killed in Libya Boutros Hussein and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt immediately met the leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church after hearing about the barbaric murders of 21 Coptic Christians. El-Sisi expressed his deep sorrow to Pope Tawadros…

Samurai Taira no Tadamori: Art and Folklore in Japan

Samurai Taira no Tadamori: Art and Folklore in Japan Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Japanese art and folklore depicts Taira no Tadamori (1096-1153) most favorably because this notable samurai feared nothing in this world. Likewise, within the rich world of Japanese folklore and spirituality Tadamori also didn’t fear the unseen world of dark mysteries.…

Sweden Grapples with Rising Extremism

Sweden Grapples with Rising Extremism Publication: Terrorism Monitor By: John C. K. Daly The Jamestown Foundation Placid constitutional monarchy Sweden used to be perceived as largely immune from Islamist terrorism; even Osama bin Laden, in a videotaped speech in November 2004, said: “Before I begin, I say to you that security is an indispensable pillar…

Japanese Art and Nationalism: The World of Yokoyama Taikan

Japanese Art and Nationalism: The World of Yokoyama Taikan Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Yokoyama Taikan (1868-1958) was born in the prefecture of Ibaraki but he moved to Tokyo in 1878. This period of history in Japan would witness many events because time didn’t stand still during the Meiji, Taisho, and Showa periods of…

Burkina Faso: Nine Months to Complete the Transition

Burkina Faso: Nine Months to Complete the Transition International Crisis Group   EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS Blaise Compaoré’s resignation on 31 October 2014, the day after a historic insurrection, came as no surprise. Growing old and out of touch with reality, his regime has given way to an uncertain transition, led by a military-civilian government…

Syria and the Gulf and NATO Islamist Terrorist Sponsored Networks

Syria and the Gulf and NATO Islamist Terrorist Sponsored Networks Helmut Joachim Schmidt, Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Cold War and the disintegration of Yugoslavia witnessed murky dealings by political elites in Washington and London respectively. Afghanistan became a rallying point for creating and molding not only Sunni Islamic terrorism…

Sudan and South Sudan’s Merging Conflicts

Sudan and South Sudan’s Merging Conflicts International Crisis Group EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS Neither the peace agreement that ended Sudan’s second civil war (1983-2005) nor South Sudan’s 2011 independence brought stability. A difficult divorce that included a border conflict, an oil shutdown, then brief cooperation, has been followed since December 2013 by a new phase…

Islamists Kill Many in Egypt while US invites the Muslim Brotherhood to Washington

Islamists Kill Many in Egypt while US invites the Muslim Brotherhood to Washington Boutros Hussein and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The government of Egypt faces many internal and external intrigues because the reach of the Muslim Brotherhood is still potent. Indeed, America is still open to listening to the Muslim Brotherhood despite the…

Iranian Intervention in Iraq against the Islamic State: Strategy, Tactics and Impact

Iranian Intervention in Iraq against the Islamic State: Strategy, Tactics and Impact Publication: Terrorism Monitor By: Nima Adelkhah The Jamestown Foundation A deliberately gory June 2014 report on the Shi’a Ahl al-Bayt website, no doubt intended to arouse emotions, shows a photo of the bloodied face of Alireza Moshajari. It describes him as the first…

Destabilization of Afghanistan, Bosnia, Libya, Iraq and Syria: Terrorist Networks and Tripartite of Forces

Destabilization of Afghanistan, Bosnia, Libya, Iraq and Syria: Terrorist Networks and Tripartite of Forces Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times In the 1980s and early 1990s the mantra was holy warriors in Afghanistan against the evil Soviet Union. Of course, not much was holy about these Takfiri Islamist sectarian warriors because soon…

Amid US Retreat From Region, Mongolia Seeks Closer Ties to China and Russia

Amid US Retreat From Region, Mongolia Seeks Closer Ties to China and Russia Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor By: Alicia J. Campi The Jamestown Foundation The United States’ muted profile in mineral-rich, landlocked Mongolia receded even more in 2014. Indeed, the US has largely stood by while Mongolia deliberately integrated its faltering economy closer with its…

Syria: Japan Should Focus on Turkey and Qatar in Self-Induced Hostage Crisis

Syria: Japan Should Focus on Turkey and Qatar in Self-Induced Hostage Crisis Hiroshi Saito and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Prime Minister Shinzo Abe rightly condemned the threat by ISIS to kill two Japanese nationals. However, the two nationals involved have created their own downfall based on acting naively at best, or in the…