Tokyo Conference on Afghanistan: Japanese Leadership at a Critical Juncture


Kuniko Ashizawa

Asia Pacific Bulletin, No. 170


Washington, D.C.: East-West Center

Publication Date: July 3, 2012
Binding: electronic
Pages: 2
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Kuniko Ashizawa, Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Oxford Brookes University and Visiting Fellow at the Reischauer Center, SAIS, explains that “Compared with other major donors, like the United States and United Kingdom, Japan is viewed by many Afghans as a neutral actor, both strategically and politically. This is due, in part, to the fact that Japan does not have a military presence in Afghanistan.”

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