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08 july 2015
On 8 July 1853, the U.S. Navy commander Matthew Perry, accompanying combat-ready fleets, suddenly showed up at the Bay of Tokyo and forcefully demanded the opening-up of Japan. At the time, the future of Japan was at a crossroad: our choices were either to become the West’s colony or a full-fledged empire on equal footing with the West. Japan chose the latter, the revolution prevailed, and the imperial path followed. But the opening-up of Japan was nothing but a part of a larger trend that had defined the Japanese statehood since its naissance. As an island nation, foreign ideas have played a decisive role in the making of Japanese history. After two decades of recession, the Great Debate over the future of Japanese statehood re-emerged in the early 2000s. The Great East Japan Earthquake also urged the Japanese to rethink its future. By employing a school of thought analysis, this article compares and contrasts different visions on the state and order in Japan since 2000.
17 june 2015
The leaders of today’s “nuclear club” countries do not have this memory of world war, at least not through personal experience. And neither do the military officials who surround them. In fact, the majority of people living on the planet today do not have direct memory of the Second World War. This is where universal and national historical memory should come in to save the day.
30 december 2014
History has demonstrated to Beijing that isolation is harmful, but at the same time a forcibly imposed and unrestricted openness is unlikely to be the cure for stagnation and backwardness. Therefore, China is doing its best to regain its global economic and political leadership through a policy of openness combined with a defense of its national sovereignty, basic civilizational values and distinctiveness.
13 december 2013
Nationalism, which during the Soviet Union period was defined in no other terms than a "relic of capitalism", remains a permanent feature of human society. New nations have emerged in new states, which not are only repeating the way of the "old" European nations, but also adding a Muslim twist on nationalist ideas of the past. At the same time the old pan-national movements that set out to establish enormous state entities are again on the rise. In the future, Russia is certain to serve as a battleground of ideas between the old and new nationalist movements.
27 june 2013
Any society comprised of different elements seeks integration, mutual understanding and consensus among the people who live within the boundaries of the country. Recent speeches by A. Merkel, D. Cameron, D. Medvedev and V. Putin about the policy of multiculturalism have once again proven that different countries are facing issues related migration. There is no doubt that these problems are of great relevance to our country, since public opinion towards migrants arriving in Russia is closely related to attitudes towards the old diasporic groups (Armenians, Georgians, and Azerbaijanis who have lived in the Russian Federation for a long time) and can be extrapolated to other nationalities.
20 december 2012
In the 1990s and 2000s, European rightwing radicals became markedly more mainstream: with their operational range stretching from extremist crime to participation in governmental and parliamentary coalitions. Since the underlying factors in this Old World far-right remain intact, it seems an apposite moment to assess the potential limits on the expansion of this ideology. This article is an attempt to forecast the evolution dynamics of this rightwing phenomenon, and also suggests a typology of rightwing radical parties in view of their success within the political system.
17 september 2012
Turkey’s traditional image as a NATO’s stronghold in the Eastern Mediterranean and as a loyal U.S. ally in the volatile Middle East region has long established itself in the eyes of politicians and commentators. However, dramatic changes in the world and in Turkey itself led to the transformation of the public consciousness of the Turks to a change in domestic political sentiment and, consequently, to a change in the vector of the country’s foreign policy. An important feature of these changes is their mutual influence: foreign policy events had an impact on the public sentiments in the country, while sentiments, change in values and priorities, in turn, forced the rulers to look for the country’s new place in the region and the world.
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