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A China Coast Guard ship (below) snail as Japan Coast Guard ship is tagging in the contiguous off the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture on Sept. 11, 2013.

Old Scores and New Grudges: Evolving Sino-Japanese Tensions

Asia Report N°258, 24 July 2014

The deterioration in relations between China and Japan has spiraled beyond an island sovereignty dispute and risks an armed conflict neither wants. A November regional summit is a fence-mending opportunity – if the two countries’ leaders rise above nationalism and manage multiple flashpoints.

No Such Thing as a Free Ride?
Two Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptors are launched during a successful intercept test, 10 September 2013. U.S. Missile Defense Agency

Two Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptors are launched during a successful intercept test, 10 September 2013. U.S. Missile Defense Agency

29 July 2014: In a previous post, we examined South Korean intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities as they relate to larger alliance dynamics and the issue of the Republic of Korea’s (ROK) military and wartime operational control (OPCON). South Korea also seeks to improve its missile defense (MD) capabilities. While ISR and MD are interrelated, the latter presents its own distinct set of regional and alliance-based issues.

Civil Society and the South Sudan Crisis
CRISIS GROUP/Jérôme Tubiana

14 July 2014: The inclusion of civil society in efforts to defuse the South Sudan crisis has so far been fraught. The parties to the conflict (see our recent report South Sudan: A Civil War by Any Other Name) all have their own ideas about what civil society is; and each party tends to believe the most legitimate civil-society representatives are those that think just as it does. Most recently, unresolved questions of what civil society is and what role it should play helped cause the suspension late last month of talks between the major warring parties.

Afghan Elections Statement
Voters hold up their identity cards, as they wait in line at a polling station in Kabul to cast their ballots, 5 April 2014. UN Photo/Fardin Waezi

11 July 2014: Afghanistan has reached a critical moment in the development of its democratic system. In the coming days, the behaviour of the two candidates in the presidential contest – and the conduct of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) – will determine the credibility of what is meant to be the first peaceful handover of power in the country's history.

Crisis Group announces next President & CEO

Jean-Marie Guéhenno

Brussels, 7 July2014: Crisis Group is pleased to announce Jean-Marie Guéhenno will be the organisation’s next President & Chief Executive Officer.

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