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Japan USA

A Rahm Emanuel is Exactly What Japan Wants, Asia Scholars Say (Jacqueline Feldscher, Defense One)

Former White House Chief of Staff and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel visits WSJ at Large with Gerry Baker at Fox Business Network studios on August 1, 2019 in New York City.

Former White House Chief of Staff and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel visits WSJ at Large with Gerry Baker at Fox Business Network studios on August 1, 2019 in New York City. GETTY IMAGES / STEVEN FERDMAN

Progressives hate him and Republicans love to hate on him, but Rahm Emanuel’s controversial nomination to be U.S. ambassador to Japan is receiving strong support from one key constituency far from the fringes of left-right politics: Asia security experts. Leading watchers of the region say Emanuel is poised to offer the Japanese what they most want in an ambassador: a personal connection to President Joe Biden.

A Rahm Emanuel is Exactly What Japan Wants, Asia Scholars Say – Defense One

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AUKUS Australia China

AUKUS Is the Death Knell of Australia’s Strategic Ambiguity (James Curran, Defense One)

Following last week’s inauguration of the AUKUS defense partnership, which will see Australia acquire nuclear-powered submarines drawing on British and U.S. technology, few could disagree that Australia has made its definitive strategic choice.

No longer can anyone in Washington harbor doubts as to where Canberra stands in the evolving contest with China.

AUKUS Is the Death Knell of Australia’s Strategic Ambiguity – Defense One

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USA

Biden to Pitch Partnership at UN, Amid Tension With France and Other Allies (Jacqueline Feldscher, Defense One)

President Joe Biden will tout the importance of diplomacy and alliances in front of the United Nations on Tuesday at the same time his administration is trying to patch up the relations with America’s oldest ally.

Biden’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly in New York will kick off one of the most foreign-policy-heavy weeks of his presidency, which will also include meetings with important allies in Washington and the first in-person meeting of leaders of the Quad. But hanging over it all is tension with France, which was blindsided last week by a new U.S.-UK-Australia partnership, as well as lingering frustration from allies about the botched withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Biden to Pitch Partnership at UN, Amid Tension With France and Other Allies – Defense One

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Defense USA

US Air Force Developing Combat Tanker-Airlifter that Can Land on Water (Tara Copp, Defense One)

A rendering of a twin float amphibious modification to an MC-130J Commando II.

A rendering of a twin float amphibious modification to an MC-130J Commando II. COURTESY PHOTO

The U.S. Air Force is working on detachable pontoons and other modifications for its MC-130J Commando II that could enable special forces to rely less on land-based runways in future conflicts, the service said Monday. 
US Air Force Developing Combat Tanker-Airlifter that Can Land on Water – Defense One
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Indonesia

Indonesian VAT reform should level the playing field for women (Citra Handayani Nasruddin, East Asia Forum)

The Indonesian government and the House of Representatives have been discussing a multi-tariff value-added tax (VAT) scheme as part of a proposed overhaul of tax legislation. Because the plan includes increasing the VAT rate for some goods and services, it will be challenging for policymakers to balance the inherent trade-offs of the tax. In a context of entrenched gender inequality, the government also has the opportunity to integrate a gender lens into the scheme, reshaping the path toward inclusive recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Indonesian VAT reform should level the playing field for women (eastasiaforum.org)

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Australia China CPTPP

China’s bid to join Pacific trade pact a strategic opportunity for Canberra (Shiro Armstrong, East Asia Forum)

China has applied to join the 11 member Asia Pacific trade pact that includes Australia, Canada, Japan and Singapore, all of whom have a veto on new membership.

Australia and other members can help lock China into new rules and reforms that entrench the market and constrain behaviour. China’s trade coercion against Australia should be resolved as part of the accession process, not used to stymie the strategic opportunity.

China’s bid to join Pacific trade pact a strategic opportunity for Canberra (eastasiaforum.org)

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Middle East

Academic experts believe that Middle East politics are actually getting worse (Shibley Telhami and Marc Lynch, Brookings)

Ayear after the Abraham Accords came into effect, what do scholars of the Middle East think about the normalization of relations between Israel and the UAE and several other Arab nations? Is a two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians still possible? And what’s the latest on Tunisia’s constitutional crisis — do scholars consider it a coup against democracy?

Academic experts believe that Middle East politics are actually getting worse (brookings.edu)

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9/11

I hadn’t the slightest idea my life would change after 9/11 (Shadi Hamid, Brookings)

I hadn’t the slightest idea that my life would change. It was two weeks into my freshman year of college. I was living away from home for the first time. And then the September 11 attacks happened. It felt like a double tragedy to me—as an American, of course, but also as a Muslim. Not only did they do this; they did this in my name.

I hadn’t the slightest idea my life would change after 9/11 (brookings.edu)

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Computer Science Education TechInnovation USA

How Arkansas implemented its computer science education program (Brian Fowler and Emiliana Vegas, Brookings)

Computer science (CS) education helps students acquire skills such as computational thinking, problem-solving, and collaboration, among others. It has been linked with higher rates of college enrollment (Brown & Brown, 2020Salehi et al., 2020), and a recent randomized control trial study also showed that lessons in computational thinking improved student response inhibition, planning, and coding skills (Arfé et., 2020). As these skills take preeminence in the rapidly changing 21st century, CS education promises to significantly enhance student preparedness for the future of work and active citizenship. CS education can also reduce skills inequality if education systems make a concerted effort to ensure that all students have equitable access to curricula that provide them with the needed breadth of skills, regardless of their gender, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status.

How Arkansas implemented its computer science education program (brookings.edu)

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