Despite Trump and Khamenei seemingly reaching a "no war" agreement, the situation is extremely volatile. Domestically, while Trump may have won domestic bragging rights for his assassination of Soleimani, he will win very few political points.
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At the end of 2019 the World Economic Forum (WEF) released its latest Global Gender Gap Report. Japan always ranks well on health and education, but the rankings for economic and political participation bring its overall ranking down. In the latest report, Japan has dropped from number 110 to number 121 of the 153 countries surveyed. Recent controversies on gender equity point to the necessary directions for reform.
As the Pacific Pivot gathers momentum, it is time for more breadth in Pacific security analysis and more sustained effort to invite women to be part of negotiations. And it is time that those devising this security architecture reacquaint themselves with our government’s promises to Pacific women.