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Risk-averse and dependent on Arab oil, Japan tiptoes through the Middle East
December 27, 2017
Risk-averse and dependent on Arab oil, Japan tiptoes through the Middle East
Israel-Asia Leaders Fellow, Gilad Kabilo

Japan is effectively leading a double life – constantly strengthening connections with both sides of the Arab-Israeli conflict, writes Israel-Asia Leaders Fellowship alum, Gilad Kabilo, in Israel’s Calcalist.

Photo credit: GPO/Kobi Gideon

 


Japan’s Forbidden Fruit
November 21, 2017
Japan's forbidden fruit
Israel-Asia Leaders Fellow, Gilad Kabilo

Abe’s landslide victory and Japan’s security challenges present significant opportunities for Israeli security capabilities to find new markets in Japan, in a way that they never could before, writes Israel-Asia Leaders Fellowship alum, Gilad Kabilo, in The Jerusalem Post.

Photo credit: GPO


Why China’s Influence Over North Korea Is Limited
March 11, 2017
Why China's Influence Over North Korea Is Limited
Israel-Asia Leaders Fellow, Wang Jin

History reveals China has neither the will nor the clout necessary to sway North Korea’s decision making, writes Israel-Asia Leaders Fellowship alum, Wang Jin, in The Diplomat.

Photo credit: Roman Harak/Wikimedia Commons


US Sanctions on Iran: Good or Bad News for China?
February 7, 2017
US Sanctions on Iran: Good or Bad News for China?
Israel-Asia Leaders Fellow, Wang Jin

Some Chinese are celebrating Trump’s move, but the new sanctions pose economic and political risks for China, posits Israel-Asia Leaders Fellowship alum, Wang Jin, in The Diplomat.
Photo credit:  Russian Presidential Press and Information Office


China’s Middle East Dilemma: Israel or Palestine?
January 10, 2017
China's Middle East Dilemma: Israel or Palestine?
Israel-Asia Leaders Fellow, Wang Jin

China’s balancing act between the two is increasingly difficult to maintain, writes Israel-Asia Leaders Fellowship alum, Wang Jin, in The Diplomat.

Photo credit: Amos Ben Gershon/GPO


China and Saudi Arabia: A New Alliance?
September 2, 2016
China and Saudi Arabia: A New Alliance?
Israel-Asia Leaders Fellow, Wang Jin

China-Saudi Arabia ties are seeing more political-military cooperation, but oil continues to dominate, writes Israel-Asia Leaders Fellowship alum, Wang Jin, in The Diplomat.

Photo credit: U.S. State Department


Israel Maintains Low-Key but Robust Ties With Singapore
May 4, 2016
Israel Maintains Low-Key but Robust Ties With Singapore
Emanuel Shahaf

In an interview with World Politics Review, Israel-Asia Center board member, Emanuel Shahaf, discusses Israel’s ties with Singapore, following Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s recent visit to Israel.


Death of a Living God
January 1, 2012
Death of a Living God
Dr. Liora Sarfati

With the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, Dr. Liora Sarfati of Tel Aviv University takes a look at how the North Korean regime transforms its leaders into ‘Living Gods’ through the creation of modern mythology.


North Korea through the lens of an Israeli photographer
September 1, 2011
Michael Podberezin

In August, 2011, Michael Podberezin became the first Israeli to gain entrance to North Korea as a tourist on his Israeli passport. During his visit, he managed to capture some of the absurdity of life behind the curtain of the 38th parallel just months before the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il

 


Bhutan: The pursuit of ‘gross domestic happiness’
May 2, 2011
Larry Luxner

Editorial contributor, Larry Luxner, pictures the unique way of Bhutan’s domestic development, the “Gross National Happiness”, and the warm friendship and potential fields of cooperation between Bhutan and Israel.