In contrast to the claims that Japanese foreign policy increasingly shifts toward realist and pragmatic modes of engagement, this paper argues that Japanese foreign policy is largely trapped between idealist and pragmatic criteria in its Central Asian (CA) policy. Japan’s policy in CA is thus a hybrid of policies that are not properly understood in CA, nor can they be explained to the public at home.
Japan’s Search for Its Central Asian Policy: Between Idealism and Pragmatism
Timur Dadabaev is Associate Professor of International Relations at the Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Tsukuba, Japan, and concurrently Adjunct Associate Professor, Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, University of Tokyo. The author wishes to thank anonymous reviewers for their comments and useful suggestions to improve the earlier version of this article. Email: <email@example.com>.
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Timur Dadabaev; Japan’s Search for Its Central Asian Policy: Between Idealism and Pragmatism. Asian Survey 1 June 2013; 53 (3): 506–532. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2013.53.3.506
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