-Pacific in the mid to long term (Atanassova-Cornelis and
Van der Putten, 2015). While Tokyo’s worries about Washington’s ability
to remain engaged in Asian security lingered until the end of Obama’s term
in office, these have intensified under the DonaldJ. Trump Administration.4
The US withdrawal from the TPP in early 2017, coupled with its persistent
lack of clarity in China and Asia policies, has further reinforced Japanese
(and Asian) perceptions of America’s declining leadership.
Uncertainties about regional stability have also become a defining feature
Representation, recognition and possibilities for transformative change
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (@Ahmadinejad1956), ‘Is the person that drops the world's largest bomb on #Afghanistan a bearer of peace or a demon?’, tweet (14 April 2017).
DonaldJ. Trump, ‘Statement by the President on the Iran Nuclear Deal’, White House Press Office (12 January 2018). Accessed 24 July 2018, www
Office of the Press Secretary (20 March 2012). Accessed 14 July 2018, https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/20/remarks-president-obama-marking-nowruz .
‘Statement by President DonaldJ. Trump on Nowruz’, White House (19 March 2018). Accessed 14 July 2018, www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/statement-president-donald-j-trump
Javad Zarif (@JZarif), ‘As #IAEA has once again confirmed, we're keeping our pledges’, tweet (20 April 2014).
DonaldJ. Trump (@realDonaldTrump), ‘The people of Iran are finally acting against the brutal and corrupt Iranian regime’, tweet (2 January 2018).