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Volume 131 - Number 1 - Spring 2016

Japanese Energy Policy after Fukushima Daiichi: Nuclear Ambivalence
John S. Duffield discusses the evolution of Japanese energy policy since the tragic events at Fukushima Daiichi in March 2011. He finds that deep divisions over nuclear power have stymied the development of a new political consensus on the role it should play in addressing the country’s energy needs and concerns about climate change.


 

Volume 131 - Number 1 - Spring 2016

The Senators’ Letter to Iran and Domestic Incorporation of International Law
Michael C. Dorf discusses a 2015 open letter from 47 Republican senators to the government of Iran warning that a nuclear agreement signed by President Barack Obama without congressional participation would lack lasting effect. He uses the letter to examine the relation between international and domestic law.


Volume 131 - Number 1 - Spring 2016

Between the Eagle and the Dragon: America, China, and Middle State Strategies in East Asia
G. John Ikenberry observes that East Asia is increasingly marked by the emergence of two hierarchies—a security hierarchy dominated by the United States and an economic hierarchy dominated by China. He argues that in this emerging regional order the United States will no longer exercise hegemony, rather it will be drawn into the region in new and more complex ways.


Volume 130 - Number 4 - Winter 2015-16

Power and Risk in Foreign Policy: Understanding China’s Crisis Behavior
Kai He discusses China’s foreign policy and responses to crises under former General Secretary Hu Jintao. He argues that when Chinese leaders perceive that their political survival is threatened they are more likely to exhibit risky behavior in terms of foreign policy. He discusses how these findings could inform our understanding of China’s current and future foreign policy orientation.


 

Volume 130 - Number 3 - Fall 2015

From Periphery to the Moderates: Israeli Identity and Foreign Policy in the Middle East
YANIV VOLLER argues that historical experiences, religion, nationalism, and liberalism have molded an Israeli identity and self-perception. He claims that foreign policy doctrines adopted by Israeli policymakers have been shaped less by specific threats and more by Israel’s sense of isolation and location on the periphery of the Middle East.


 

Volume 130 - Number 3 - Fall 2015

Japan’s Nuclear Hedge: Beyond “Allergy” and Breakout
Richard J. Samuels and JAMES L. SCHOFF examine the origins and current state of Japan’s policy toward nuclear weapons. They argue that Japan’s nuclear hedging strategy is likely to continue in the near future, but maybe not indefi nitely. Japan’s choices to go nuclear will be determined by its ability to manage potential threats and on the strength of the U.S. commitment to extended deterrence.


 

Volume 130 - Number 2 - Summer 2015

Ignorant Mobs or Rational Actors? Understanding Support for Venezuela’s “Bolivarian Revolution”
PASCAL LUPIEN addresses the presumption of irrationality of the poor and the resurgence of populism in Latin America. He considers the perspectives of supporters of the late Hugo Chávez and his “Bolivarian Revolution.” He finds that their support is based on concrete, tangible benefits and that they view political developments with a more critical eye than they are generally given credit for.


 

Volume 130 - Number 2 - Summer 2015

Generals and Autocrats: How Coup-Proofing Predetermined the Military Elite’s Behavior in the Arab Spring
HICHAM BOU NASSIF analyzes the behavior of the military elite in Egypt, Syria, and Tunisia during the Arab Spring. He argues that the different reactions of the military elite to the call of autocrats for support remains one of the fundamental puzzles of the Arab Spring. He identifies the factors that determined whether the military elite had a vested interest in the status quo and the capacity to defend it.


Volume 130 - Number 2 - Summer 2015

Understanding International Partnership: The Complicated Rapprochement between the United States and Brazil
Javier Corrales studies the rapprochement between the United States and Brazil in an effort to develop a theory about international partnerships. He contends that power transitions can offer new incentives for cooperation so long as the existing power faces greater security threats in other regions of the world and the rising power meets certain tests of reliability.


 

Volume 130 - Number 2 - Summer 2015

The German Rescue of the Eurozone: How Germany Is Getting the Europe It Always Wanted
David Art examines Germany’s role in managing the Eurozone crisis. He finds that Chancellor Angela Merkel has used the crisis to reassert long-standing German preferences on fiscal and monetary policy. He argues that the German rescue of the Eurozone has thus come on German terms and constitutes a major institutional redesign of the European Union.


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