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Craig Kafura

Does the Russia-Ukraine War Mean a New Era for Japan’s Security?

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The Diplomat
Craig Kafura

“The stronger Japanese response to this crisis is not solely driven by policymakers, but also by the public’s reaction,” writes Craig Kafura in the Diplomat.

Members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) prepare ahead of an honor guard
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Defense and Security

Partisan Divides on China Continue to Grow

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Running Numbers by Craig Kafura

Republicans are more concerned about China's rise than ever before.

Soldiers of People's Liberation Army (PLA) are seen before a giant screen as Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks
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Public Opinion

Japanese More Confident than Americans in US Power

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Running Numbers by Craig Kafura

New Chicago Council-Japan Institute of International Affairs data find the Japanese public has greater confidence in US economic and military power than do Americans.

Washington Monument seen through Japanese cherry blossoms.
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Public Opinion

India's Tense Diplomatic Tightrope

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India Today
Craig Kafura

With coming visits to India, “There will be an opportunity for the US to smooth over some feathers that have been ruffled,” says Craig Kafura on India Today.

Screenshot of Craig Kafura on India Today.
Global Politics

What Nixon's 1972 China Trip Says About US-China Relations Today

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Running Numbers by Craig Kafura

Fifty years ago, US President Richard Nixon traveled to China and established the basis for a normalization of relations between the two powers. Are we due for another transformation?

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Public Opinion

Japanese Public Backs Sanctions on Russia, Aid to Ukraine

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Running Numbers by Craig Kafura

In a shift from just a month ago, the Japanese public favors tough sanctions on Russia in concert with the US and Europe. 

Japanese people protest Russian invasion at night near a skyscraper.
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Public Opinion

Renew Space Dialogue with China

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War on the Rocks
Craig Kafura

It’s high time to re-launch the Civil Space Dialogue and the Space Security Exchange with China, argues Craig Kafura in War on the Rocks.

Astronauts Ye Guangfu, Zhai Zhigang and Wang Yaping wave during a ceremony ahead of the launch of the Long March-2F Y13 rocket
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Defense and Security

Global Polls Find Publics Split on Beijing Boycott

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Running Numbers by Craig Kafura

Does a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Olympics have public support among countries doing so? Data show modest support—and skepticism.

The Tibetan community in The Netherlands holding banners in a square to protest against the celebration of the Olympic Games in Beijing.
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Public Opinion

Younger Americans' Views on Taiwan Still Taking Shape

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Running Numbers by Craig Kafura

Council surveys find that younger Americans are still forming their views on Taiwan and US-Taiwan relations.

People show the three-finger salute against the Myanmar military coup as part of the Milk Tea Alliance united rally in Taipei, Taiwan
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Public Opinion

Generational Differences on US-China Relations

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Running Numbers by Craig Kafura

Younger Americans are more confident in US power vis-a-vis China and are more likely to oppose restrictions on scientific and educational exchanges between the two.

Children playing with flags in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China
Craig Kafura
Public Opinion