Facing numerous social and economic challenges, Japan in the twenty-first century faces uncertainty similar to that of the Meiji Era. Scott Harrison finds significant similarities between the two periods, and argues that Meiji style diplomacy, characterized by engagement with the external world and the development of alliancesâ€”particularly with the dominant or hegemonic powers of the time, are vital parts of protecting national interests. Without such outreach and global integration, he suggests, Japanâ€™s domestic issues and international priorities will be much harder to address. Not only should countries and businesses around the world pay attention to how Japan addresses its contemporary challenges, but also, as the Meiji Era has shown, Japan may find many of the solutions to its issues from lessons learned around the world.
Click here for this chapter and the book: â€œMeiji Inspired Diplomacy and Politics for Japanâ€™s Future.â€ InÂ Japan’s Future and a New Meiji Transformation: International Reflections. Ken S. Coates, et al., eds. London: Routledge, 2019.
Non-central governments in Canada have become increasingly active on the world stage, most notably in the Asia Pacific region. The scholarly works on Canadaâ€™s foreign policy in Asia tend to focus either on the federal government as the main actor, or on the â€œother diplomaciesâ€ of non-governmental actors; little attention has been paid to the increasing role of non-central governments in Asia. This article, therefore, contributes to the discussion by documenting and evaluating Canadian provincesâ€™ international activities in the Asia Pacific. It also situates these activities within Canadaâ€™s foreign policy in the region, and assesses how important provinces have become in Canadaâ€“Asia relations. This paper first reviews the literature on non-central governments and foreign policy to expose the key forces pushing and pulling Canadian provinces to be increasingly active internationally. It then details the provincesâ€™ international activities in Asia, and locates them within Canadaâ€™s foreign policy in the region. Click here for the full length article: â€œCanadian Provinces and Foreign Policy in Asia.â€Â International Journal Vol.73, No.3 (2018): 429-448. Co-author with Charles Labrecque.