Case 194 - The Northern Territories Controversy: A Four-Decade Stalemate Between Japan and Russia
Pitzl, Gerald R.
This case study explores the long-running dispute between Japan and Russia over ownership of the Northern Territories (as Japan calls them), a four-island complex north of Hokkaido in the Kuriles. Attempts to develop strong economic ties between the two countries have been thwarted because of animosity stemming from this territorial dispute. This case covers conflict resolution, diplomatic history, political geography, and international law, and lends itself well to the inclusion of cooperative learning and role playing.