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Over the North Korea's problem, three articles are posted as follows.

US North Korea policy affected by personnel changes in the Trump administration

By Tsuneo Watanabe
Senior Fellow, Sasakawa Peace Foundation

From around February 2018, however, the White House staff who had been trusted by President Trump resigned one after another, and Kelly himself lost the President's trust. Thus, the instilled discipline vanished from the White House.

As a result, cabinet members criticizing the President's policies were dismissed and President Trump has reverted back to his old style of policy-making, relying on his own intuition. His administration's policies have begun to take an unpredictable course. On June 12, a historic US-North Korea summit was held in Singapore, which is also said to be an example of the President's intuitive decision-making.

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China-North Korea relationship under Xi Jinping

By Shin Kawashima
Professor, the Tokyo University

It is still believed to be useful to discuss whether North Korea is a tribute state of China and/or an independent one, because of the fact that Kim Jong-un has already twice visited China. However, here I will follow how their relationship has changed since the second term of the Hu Jintao administration, according to open sources that have been largely released by China.

Before going to the main subject, four points should be considered.

First, China is North Korea's most important trading partner and donor, and this made China the chairman of the Six-Party Talks. For China losing economic ties with North Korea means losing influence over the Korean peninsula.

Secondly, the relationship between China and North Korea is that of Socialist states, so it is a three-part relationship of party/military/government, rather than one of normal diplomatic relations.

Thirdly, China is not against the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and United Nations resolutions, because it is one of the permanent members of the Security Council and it obtains benefit from the NPT regime. At the same time, China was a party concerned involved in the Korean War.

Lastly, it serves the national interest of China that US troops stationed in South Korea would be cut and withdrawn from the Korean peninsula. The Chinese government supports North Korea at present because they believe its support serves China's national interest.

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North Korean Denuclearization and Russia

By Nobuo Shimotomai
Professor Nobuo Shimotomai, Hosei University

The North Korean nuclear crisis took a dramatic turn, resulting in the US-North Korea Joint Statement in Singapore. On the other hand, the role of Russia seems to be a secondary topic in considering this crisis. However, in order to better understand the North Korean security problem or the reason the North covets a regime guarantee, we are required to retrace the historical relationship between the former Soviet Union and North Korea. Due to space limitations, we will discuss the North Korean security problem as a "thesis."

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The Second Japan – Philippines Strategic Dialogue

10th March 2018
International House of Japan, Tokyo.

The second Japan-Philippines Strategic Dialogue took place in Tokyo on the 10th of March 2018. Presentations by distinguished academics and practitioners were made over four sessions, covering a wide array of issues related to the Japan-Philippines bilateral relationship - politics, security and diplomatic policies, internal affairs and economy.

The first presentation was made by Professor Ramon Casiple, Executive Director, Institute for Political and Electoral Reforms (IPER). His presentation titled the Philippine Political Outlook during the Mid-Term of Duterte Administration and Projection of the 2019 Philippine Mid-term Elections, aimed to discuss three key areas, namely: the post- EDSA political situation; assessing President Duterte at two years of his presidency; and the upcoming mid-term elections and their possible implications.

The second presentation of this session was by Dr. Tsuneo Watanabe, Senior Fellow, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation. His presentation was titled Abe's Diplomacy in Asian Regional Power Balance and Domestic Politics.

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Mr. Akiyama posted "The Butterfly Project-A possibility of showing a solution to the North Korea problem-"

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Society of Security and Diplomatic Policy Studies (SSDP)

China is rising and may become a regional hegemon in not-so- distant future. Ascending India and the resurgence of Russia also illustrate the fact that we face a rapid power transition in Asia. Against this backdrop, Japan, as a major regional power, and its security strategy and diplomatic policy will be put to the test. With this in mind, the Society of Security and Diplomatic Policy Studies (SSDP) was founded in October, 2016. The SSDP will also conduct public diplomacy through its research projects. Japanese foreign relations vis-à- vis the neighboring states are likely to mark a new chapter in the near future and therefore, our research endeavors and other activities will be consequential.

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  • The 11th SSDP discussion session was held on June 18 to discuss " North Korea's problem after the historical US-North Korea Summit Meeting ".
  • The 10th SSDP discussion session was held on June 14 to discuss " North Korea's problem after the historical US-North Korea Summit Meeting".
  • The 2nd Japan-Philippines Strategic Dialogue was held in Tokyo on March 10.
  • The 9th SSDP discussion session was held on February 16 to discuss " The Network Hegemony Theory for a Security Architecture in The Asia Pacific Region ".
  • The 8th SSDP discussion session was held on December18 to discuss "Destabilized Middle East".
  • The 7th SSDP discussion session was held on October 9 to discuss "19th CCP National Congress".
  • A special session was held on October 8 to hear a lecture on "Problems in Sino-Japanese Relations, 1992-2042"
  • The 6th SSDP discussion session was held on September 28 to hear a lecture on the Future of the Asia-Pacific Region.
  • A special session was held on September 19 to discuss a New Trend in India's Foreign Policy and Japan.
  • The 5th SSDP discussion session was held on July 20 to discuss an economic interdependence and its action on politics
  • A special session was held on June 30 to discuss The prospect of European politics and its implication on the Japan"s diplomatic policy
  • The 4 th SSDP discussion session was held on May 31 to discuss the two great powers, the US and China, and the implication on Japan's diplomatic policy.
  • The Japan-Taiwan Strategic Dialogue was held in Taipei on May 15 to discuss the Trump administration's influence on the region, in particular Taiwan.
  • The Japan-Philippines Strategic Dialogue was held in Manila on January 31 to discuss the strategic environments for each country and the two countries' cooperation.
  • The third SSDP discussion session was held on January 23, 2017 to discuss Abenomics and Trump.
  • The second SSDP discussion session was held on December 7, 2016 to discuss Trump and his security policy.
  • The first SSDP discussion session was held on October 14, 2016 to discuss the Korean Peninsula issues.
  • Society of Security and Diplomatic Policy Studies (SSDP) was founded by AKIYAMA Associates (Masahiro Akiyama, president) in October, 2016.
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