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House of Kurds

Satoshi Ikeuchi, Professor, Religion and Global Security, University of Tokyo. The Kurds have been haunted by famous sayings “Kurds have No Friends but the Mountains”. We are watching another act of the same play again. In the middle of the

Chess is from Iran, Poker is from Trump

Satoshi Ikeuchi Professor, Religion and Global Security, University of Tokyo The September 14 attack on Saudi oil processing facilities revealed the vulnerability of oil producing countries of the Gulf. It also reminded oil consumer countries of vulnerability of life which

The War of Attribution

By: Professor. Satoshi Ikeuchi, Professor, Global Security and Religion, University of Tokyo. The Middle East has been a trade show ground for the advanced weapons in actual battle fields. In the Gulf war in 1991, Tomahawk cruise missiles were introduced

Iran Plans for what’s More Important

The bombardment of Saudi Aramco oil facilities (Abqaiq and Khurais Labs) on Sunday, 15 September 2019 has led to reduce the Saudi oil production to five million barrels of oil per day, which is about 50% of the current production

Decisive Attacks and Decisive Votes

By: Professor. Satoshi Ikeuchi, Professor, Global Security and Religion, University of Tokyo. The attacks by drones and cruise missiles on ARAMCO’s oil processing facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais which took place on September 14 made it public how vulnerable the

Closing of the Mind of the War on Terror

By: Professor. Satoshi Ikeuchi, Professor, Global Security and Religion, University of Tokyo. President Trump fired his hawkish national security adviser John Bolton, for their fundamental disagreements in foreign policy on Afghanistan, Iran and North Korea. It shows the maximum pressure

Autumn of Dialogue

By: Professor. Satoshi Ikeuchi, Professor, Global Security and Religion, University of Tokyo. Will the hot summer under the spell of war be over and an autumn of calm and dialogue is going to come to the Gulf? There is a

Southern Yemen

The Gulf region has witnessed a number of important developments in the recent period. Some of these developments are directly related to the Iran-US crisis, while others are not directly related to this crisis. These developments have important implications, both

Competing Visions for the Indo-Pacific Future

By: Professor. Satoshi Ikeuchi, Professor, Global Security and Religion, University of Tokyo. TICAD 7, The Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), was held in Yokohama from August 28th to 30th. TICAD is held once in three years in the

End of the Election Season in Turkey

By: Professor. Satoshi Ikeuchi, Professor, Global Security and Religion, University of Tokyo. Election is an integral part of democracy. If the public cannot demand accountability from leaders at the ballot box, failed leaders will not accept failure and will not