27 June 2008
Will Japan Be Out of Tune With A Concert of Democracies?
This bulletin reviews Japan's 'values diplomacy' and challenges the assumption that Japan would be as active in a Concert of Democracies as its proponents envision. The notion of a Concert of Democracies, intended to supplant the UN, has garnered widespread interest. However, the author argues that Japan's experiment with values-oriented foreign policy illustrates the difficulty of promoting democracy and human rights abroad, while simultaneously advancing the national interest.
© 2008 East-West Center (EWC)
Weston S Konishi