Jennifer M. Lind

Can East Asia Move Past Its History Problem?

In The National Interest, Professor Jennifer Lind asks whether East Asia can move past its history problem. Lind writes, "The United States should help its allies and partners deal with the region’s history problem, and in doing so, can take advantage of an unusual opportunity to advance both its strategic and normative interests."

When History Humiliates Former Enemies (CNN)

In an opinion piece on CNN, Dartmouth’s Jennifer Lind writes that the Japanese prime minister’s recent visit to the Yasukuni shrine has stirred tensions in the region. She says Shinzo Abe’s visit “will curdle Japan’s already sour relations with South Korea or China, and indeed has already provoked the predictable outcry.”

While many countries, such as Poland and Germany, have looked for inclusive ways to commemorate the past, Lind writes, Japan has not followed that path.

“Commemoration is not the root cause of poor relations in Northeast Asia; it is a window to just how distant relations are there,” writes Lind, an associate professor of government and the author of Sorry States: Apologies in International Politics.

Read the full opinion piece, published 1/3/14 by CNN.

Perils of Apology in International Relations (Foreign Affairs)

In an opinion piece published by Foreign Affairs, Associate Professor of Government Jennifer Lind writes about the “politics of apology,” in particular the recent controversy over reports that Kabul demanded that the U.S. apologize for its military’s “bad behavior” in Afghanistan.

The politics of apology, she writes, “are hardly limited to the United States and Afghanistan.” And apologies can sometimes makes things worse, says Lind, author of Sorry States: Apologies in International Politics.

“In the 1990s, observing the 50th anniversaries of World War II, Japan’s government issued numerous apologies, including a 1995 Diet resolution that expressed ‘a sense of deep remorse’ for the pain and suffering that Japan inflicted on its neighbors. Many Japanese conservatives denounced these gestures, asking why Japan alone should be asked to apologize, denying that Japan had committed aggression, or arguing that Koreans had welcomed their annexation into the Japanese empire. Predictably, Japan’s neighbors reacted to these remarks with outrage and expressions of deep distrust.”