What are its main security interests in the region.
How we can interpret its strategic choices in the region.
How its interests and strategy impact the other great powers.
How the other great powers have responded.
Critical components of the main security interests are clearly
identified, explained and put in perspective.
Clearly identifies and explains strategic choices made by the
chosen country, clarifies the hierarchy between these choices.
Clearly identifies and explains the impact of the country’s strategy on the Indo-Pacific Region and how other actors have responded.
Use any of the Folowing references
Evelyn Goh, “How Japan matters in the evolving East Asian security order,” International Affairs, 87(4), 2011, 887-902.
Yasuhiro Izumikawa, “Explaining Japanese Antimilitarism: Normative and Realist Constraints on Japan’s Security Policy”, International Security, 35(2), 2010, 123-160.
Kenneth Pyle, Japan Rising: The Resurgence of Japanese Power and Purpose (New York: Public Affairs Press, 2007)
Rischard Samuels, Securing Japan: Tokyo’s Grand Strategy and the Future of East Asia (NY: Cornell University Press, 2008).
Christopher Hughes, Japan’s Re-emergence as a ‘Normal’ Military Power (London: IISS, 2013).
Adam P. Liff, “Japan’s Defense Policy: Abe the Evolutionary”, Washington Quarterly, 38(2), 2015, 79-99.