J. Berkshire Miller

Jonathan Berkshire Miller is an international affairs professional with significant expertise on security, defense and intelligence issues in the Asia-Pacific region. He currently holds a fellowship with the Centre for Strategic and International Studies Pacific Forum. Jonathan is a regular contributor to several journals, magazines and newspapers on Asia-Pacific security issues and currently is an analyst at the Diplomat, which is based in Tokyo. He has been published in other outlets including Global Asia, Jane’s Defence Weekly, the Non-Proliferation Review, CNN World, Newsweek Japan, Monocle, East Asia Forum, the Asia Sentinel, Eurasia Review, the Japan Times, UB Post and the Korean Herald.

Articles written by J. Berkshire Miller

Japan’s Abe Pushes to Enhance Strategic Partnership With Europe

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe just finished a 10-day, six-country tour of Europe, focused on the possibility of a Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement, as well as shoring up strategic partnerships in the wake of the Ukraine crisis and as a hedge against China. The length and range of Abe’s trip to Europe demonstrate that Japan is looking to transcend its current engagement on the continent. more

Abe’s Visit Demonstrates Japan’s Multilayered Approach to Africa

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Last week, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe finished a three-country tour of Africa aiming to create new opportunities for Japanese companies, promising dramatically bigger loans and pledging to bolster Tokyo’s role in the maintenance of peace and security. While it would be an exaggeration to say that Abe is pivoting to Africa, Japan has charted out a multilayered approach to engaging the continent. more

Japan Courts France Amid Growing Tensions in East Asia

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French President Francois Hollande’s three-day visit to Tokyo, where he met with Japanese Prime Minister Abe, resulted in major agreements on nuclear cooperation and military hardware. The summit, which also covered a range of other topics, reflected the noticeable improvement in recent years of the two countries’ already solid bilateral ties and marked the increasing overlap of French and Japanese interests. more

Mongolia’s Presidential Election Could Be Pivotal for Balancing Future Growth

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On June 26, Mongolians will go to the polls to elect their next president, with incumbent Tsakhia Elbegdorj predicted to return to office with a renewed mandate. The election's outcome will have significant international implications. Mongolia's continued growth remains uncertain due to an overdependence on the global commodity market and investor concerns about rampant corruption and pegged contracts. more

Japan Looks to Reinvigorate Africa Policy

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While they may not garner the same headlines as China’s energy politics in the region or U.S. counterterrorism work in the Horn of Africa and the Sahel, Japan’s efforts across Africa are increasing in depth and scope. As the dynamic states of Africa continue to evolve and develop a range of international partnerships, Tokyo should keep its eye trained on maintaining a strong economic presence on the continent. more

For Japan's Abe, Regional Realities Likely to Trump Hard-Line Rhetoric

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Japan's newly elected prime minister, Shinzo Abe, has been branded as a “nationalist” and “hard-liner." However, while Abe’s position on Japan's territorial disputes with China and South Korea may be less ambiguous than his predecessor's, he will face the same vexing challenges in addressing them. As a result, he is likely to adopt a tempered and strategic approach to regional relations. more

Amid Regional Rivalries, Japan Remains a Vital Partner for ASEAN

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ASEAN’s engagement with Asia and the rest of the world is determined by more than its members’ relationships with China and the U.S. While the latter two will remain the most powerful actors in the region, it would be myopic to dismiss the influence of other key players. Because of its geography and economic synergies, Japan in particular will play a critical role in helping ASEAN meet its potential. more

Lee's Dokdo Visit Sinks Hopes for South Korea-Japan Détente

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The unprecedented visit of South Korean President Lee Myung-bak to the disputed Dokdo islets last week marks the first time a South Korean head of state has made an official visit and represents a dramatic escalation in the territorial dispute with Japan, which also claims sovereignty over the atoll. The timing cannot have been worse for those in both countries hoping for a strategic détente. more

With UAE Nuclear Partnership, South Korea Gains Mideast Traction

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Earlier this month, Abu Dhabi officially green-lighted construction of its first nuclear power plant, under the stewardship of the Korea Electric Power Corporation. The historic construction highlights how the oil-flush region has been forced to recalibrate its energy strategy. For Seoul, it represents a successful first step toward establishing itself in the region as a trusted energy and commercial partner. more

Mongolia Balances Public Opinion With Nuclear Ambitions

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In recent months, news outlets in Japan and the U.S. have reported that Mongolia is negotiating with those two countries to serve as a regional depository for spent nuclear fuel. The Mongolian Foreign Ministry was quick to dismiss the reports. But the discussions highlight a larger struggle over global nuclear market share, with the U.S. and Japan positioned against industry rivals Russia and France. more

Mongolia's Uranium Boom

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In March, reports surfaced that Mongolia and the U.S. had been holding informal discussions on a proposal to build a regional depository of spent nuclear fuel in Mongolia. News of the story spread quickly, and Mongolian public opinion came out decidedly against the proposal. Though Mongolia officially denied the reports, it made sure not to cast any doubt on its interest in the continued growth of its uranium exports. more