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  • Brian Wong, DPhil in Politics candidate and Rhodes Scholar at Balliol College, Oxford

    Sep 18, 2021

    The 2021 Olympics was a major milestone in a world reeling from COVID. Thousands of athletes and national representatives congregated in Tokyo to demonstrate that the tensions being traded by political leaders don’t always reflect the hearts and minds of their constituents.

  • Li Daokui, Economist, and Director of the Academic Center for Chinese Economic Practice and Thinking at Tsinghua University.

    Aug 21, 2021

    Among educated and internationally savvy Chinese, no current topic is more despised than the bickering over Chinese and American medal counts at the Tokyo Olympics. Narrow-minded nationalism holds scant interest for them, just as it does for most educated Americans – and, generally, for me. But, as an economist, I am not so dismissive toward the medal-count discussion.

  • Philip Cunningham, Independent Scholar

    Aug 06, 2021

    The Olympics often seem to be preceded by political tension and drama; this and next year’s games in Asia are no different. Tokyo’s games got off to a rocky start, and now a group of U.S. lawmakers is calling for a boycott of the Beijing 2022 games. Will this destroy the Olympics or will the games unite us through conflict?

  • Zhang Yun, Associate Professor, National Niigata University in Japan

    Dec 09, 2020

    China and Japan have pledged full support for each other in presenting the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo and the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing. Their cooperation will be invaluable in promoting the regional integration of Asia.

  • Bill Emmott, Former editor-in-chief of The Economist

    Apr 07, 2020

    With the global COVID-19 crisis quickly escalating, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has had to accept a hard truth, rightly taking the initiative in telling the Diet (parliament) this week that the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games may need to be rescheduled, and ultimately reaching an agreement with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to postpone the event until 2021.

  • Troy Stangarone, Senior Director, Korea Economic Institute of America

    Sep 26, 2018

    While the prospect of a joint-Korean bid for the 2032 Olympic Games is attractive, a number of challenges could keep this proposal from becoming a reality.

  • Eric Farnsworth, Vice President, COA, Washington D.C. Office

    Jul 29, 2016

    In the run-up to Rio, the next three Olympic hosts, all Asian nations, must understand the broader implications and global expectations that come with hosting this event. The Olympics may have grown too weighed down by excessive external baggage to be sustainable in their current form, something that will have to be taken into account moving forward.

  • Richard Weitz, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute

    Feb 19, 2014

    The United States would benefit from a reconciliation between Russia and Japan, which would also help China continue its peaceful rise, writes Richard Weitz.

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