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Dr. phil. Kumiko Ahr-Okutomo

Born in Japan. She wrote her doctoral thesis, supervised by Professor Albert A. Stahel (Strategic Studies) at the University of Zurich, about power shifts in East Asia and Japan’s security politics. She is now a research associate at the Institute of Strategic Studies of Professor Stahel.

Erschienen in der ASMZ Allgemeine Schweizerische Militärzeitschrift 05/2017 Die heutige geopolitische und militärische Lage in Ost- und Südostasien präsentiert sich als eine gefährliche Mischung...

On 6 March 2017 North Korea fired four missiles in the Japanese See; three landed in Japan’s EEZ 300km off Japan’s northwest coast. All four missiles had been launched within 10 minutes.[1] About...

Gastkommentar in der NZZ am 20. Januar 2017 Der designierte amerikanische Präsident Trump wird von der Welt als Isolationist wahrgenommen. Er verlangt von seinen Alliierten mehr finanzielle Unterstützung,...

Am 8. Dezember dieses Jahres ist der 75. Gedenktag des japanischen Angriffs auf Pearl Harbor auf Hawaii. Dem japanischen Sieg scheint ein sorgfältig und tadellos durchgeführter Kriegsplan zu Grunde...

The whole world has paid attention to the US presidential election. Although the major mass media conglomerates continuously and favorably reported about Clinton’s election campaign, Trump won the election....

Aus der ASMZ 10/2016. Ende Juni dieses Jahres wurde ein Bericht des ehemaligen Generals Kunio Orita der Japan Air Self-Defense Forces (JASDF) auf einer Website veröffentlicht. Gemäss der Nachricht habe...

Since June 2016 Chinese fishing boats, coast guard and military vessels have been intruding into the contiguous zone and repeatedly violated the territorial waters of Japan; in addition, the Chinese military...

A Chinese navy ship entered into the contiguous zone of Japan near the Senkaku Islands on June 8, 2016 and into the Japanese territorial sea on June 15, 2016. The Japanese cabinet reported that the purposes...

An insecure situation is developing on the Korean peninsula as if the ceasefire agreement were soon to be broken. North Korea fired projectiles not only into the Japanese Sea but also ¾ surprisingly...

Die chinesische Expansionspolitik im Süd- und Ostchinesischen Meer schränkt die Interessen der ASEAN-Staaten und Japans ein. Die Philippinen haben deshalb den USA die Benützung des Militärstützpunktes...

Die geostrategische Bedeutung der Senkaku-Inseln und die möglichen Ansprüche Chinas auf die Ryukyu-Inseln, insbesondere auf Okinawa, stellen die japanischen Self-Defence-Forces (SDF) vor kaum lösbare...

Durch die Klimaveränderung zeichnet sich die Benützung des nördlichen Seeweges über die russische Arktis ab. Dieser Seeweg ist zwischen Europa und Asien kürzer als die Suez-Kanal-Route. So ist die...

North Korea allegedly conducted a hydrogen bomb test on January 6, 2016. There is still little known whether the current test involved a real hydrogen bomb or not. It could be possible though that North...

Unnoticed in Europe, India and Pakistan were accepted as members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in July 2015. That these uneasy neighbors become SCO members is a landmark in this region’s...

Erschienen im PORTAS CAPITAL Newsletter – August 2015 Japans geopolitische Lage Seit dem Ende des Zweiten Weltkriegs ist Japan ein Verbündeter der USA und steht unter dem nuklearen Schutzschirm...

Seit Kriegsende sind nun 70 Jahre vergangen; Japan gedenkt dieses Tages im August. Auch China, Südkorea und Taiwan haben Gedenkfeiern zum Kriegsende angekündigt. Mit hohen Erwartungen ist vor allem die...

Japan’s recently passed security bills in the lower house regarding the collective self-defense rights have brought about agitated discussions amongst the Japanese and as well as in its neighbor countries...

The European nations are quite busy recently with Greek’s financial issues, the Ukraine conflict and the shaking Middle East. So is the US. The nuclear dispute with Iran, Israel’s strong reservations...

Japan and the US founded the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in 1966, and it now holds 67 member countries. Japan is the biggest shareholder (15.67%) in ADB, closely followed by the US (15.56%) at the end...

It has been a little while since the power of US foreign politics seemingly weakened, while China and Russia are increasing their respective influence on world politics. The relationship between these...

While the Islamic State (IS) and the Russia conflicts have been receiving the world’s attention, China has finished its runway expansion on Woody Island, which is the largest of the Paracel Islands in...

Seit der Kapitulation nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg lebt und pflegt Japan den Pazifismus. Angesichts des Aufstiegs von China sieht sich das Land jedoch einer neuen Bedrohungslage ausgesetzt. Der Regierungschef...

Collective defense organizations like NATO have not only positive sides – like maintaining peace – but also negative ones, e.g., non-member states might feel endangered. Therefore, actions...

An ice-free port near Vladivostok in Russia will be modernized and expanded in a joint-venture project by China and Russia. This expanded Zarubino Port, located only 18 km away from the Sino-Russian border,...

The exercising of the collective self-defense right was agreed upon in the Japanese Diet on Tuesday, July 1, 2014. At the same time, a protest rally took place in front of the prime minister’s office...

China is going to set up an Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) which is scheduled to start in 2015. All ASEAN countries, South Korea, Mongolia, etc. – totally 16 nations – will join the AIIB....

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced on April 6, 2014 to send two more destroyers with defense system against ballistic missiles (Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System) to Japan in order to counter...

At the West 2014 conference of the United States Naval Institute in California on February 13, 2014  Captain James Fanell, US Navy, analyzed last year’s Chinese military exercise which was called China’s...

Until now, China merely declared its neutral position and gave no comments regarding the Russian deployment on the Crimean Peninsula although China might play an important role in the further development...

China redrew its Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) on 23 November 2013 which immediately raised its neighbors’ mistrust. China showed its firm intention to control the region of the East China Sea....

The Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, visited the “controversial” Yasukuni Shrine at the end of December 2013. That has especially inflamed and irritated the people in China and South Korea. The...

News about Kim Jong Un’s uncle, Jang Song Thaek, reported that he was executed on 12 December 2013. The Asahi Newspaper wrote on December 3, 2013 that Jang Song Thaek’s staff members might have been...

The territorially disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands were occupied by America after the Second World War. The United States returned Okinawa and the Ryukyu Islands, to which the Senkaku Islands belong, to...

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