Afghanistan & Pakistan: Time for the Hatoyama Administration to Show Japan's Latent Power
November 18, 2009
Leaders in both Washington and Tokyo confront a range of imperatives, from restoring economic growth to reforming the role of government in education, health care, and other sectors of society. But more than domestic renewal, matters of war and peace historically form the crucible in which leaders are judged. Today, that crucible is the theater of conflict in Afghanistan, where the difficulties of the international military and civilian mission have raised hard questions about the staying power of the Western democracies, the ascendance of violent extremism, and the implications of the Taliban’s resurgence for neighboring (and nuclear-armed) Pakistan.