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  • Amid Chinese Aggression, Obama Affirms U.S. Defense of Japan’s Senkaku Islands

    During his trip to Japan, President Obama publicly affirmed long-standing U.S. policy that the bilateral security treaty applies to the Japanese-controlled Senkaku Islands. China claims sovereignty over the islands and, in recent years, has tried to intimidate Japan—much as Beijing has bullied the Philippines in pursuit of its extralegal territorial … More

    Obama Seeks to Reassure Allies … Again

    Reassurance. Out of necessity, it’s become a prevalent theme of President Obama’s foreign policy, including his trip to Asia that he embarks on today. After all, how else to assuage jittery U.S. allies and their grave misgivings over Washington’s capabilities and resolve to defend them against escalating security threats. The … More

    The Asia Pivot Comes Up Short—Again

    The U.S. Marine Corps is questioning whether it can implement the Obama Administration’s much-vaunted strategic shift to the Asia-Pacific. “We are on our way…to a less than a 300-hundred ship Navy,” said General John M. Paxton Jr., assistant commandant of the Marine Corps. “We are on our way to a … More

    North Korea Threatens 'New Form' of Nuclear Test

    North Korea threatened on March 30 to carry out a “new form of nuclear test for bolstering up our nuclear deterrence.” The regime declared it has a “more diversified nuclear deterrence” to be used for hitting medium- and long-range targets “with a variety of striking power.” Pyongyang also warned that … More

    South Korea Needs Trustpolitik…with Japan

    Just when relations between South Korea and Japan appeared unalterably on the road to perdition, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe proffered an off-ramp. Abe defied predictions by affirming rather than rejecting Japan’s previous apologies for its wartime atrocities. His stunning reversal provides an unforeseen opportunity to repair relations between America’s … More

    North Korean Power Politics Gets More Ruthless

    Pyongyang announced the trial and execution of Jang Song-taek, former vice chairman of the powerful National Defense Commission and uncle to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Although Kim has already purged hundreds of officials during his two year reign, Jang’s ouster is highly unusual. Jang is married to the sister … More

    North Korea Confirms Purge of Senior Official

    On Sunday, December 8th, Pyongyang officially acknowledged the ouster of Jang Song-taek, vice chairman of the important National Defense Commission. Despite being Kim Jong-un’s uncle and mentor and the “second most powerful man in North Korea,” Jang was stripped of all his titles for “anti-party, counter-revolutionary acts.” Jang’s purge shows … More

    North Korea Still Holding 85-Year-Old American Veteran

    North Korea released a video of Merrill Newman, an 85-year-old American citizen, reading a coerced confession for committing “hostile acts” against the regime. Newman was arrested while about to depart North Korea after a 10-day tourist visit. Newman, who served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, is seen … More

    Give the Marines a Kabar, Not a FUBAR

    FUBAR is military jargon for “fouled up beyond all recognition.” Kabar is the knife Marines carry. As things stand with sequestration, servicemen and women who protect our nation’s security stand to receive far more of the former and fewer of the latter. The Syrian imbroglio has, for the moment, obscured … More

    Six Party Talks: You Didn’t Remember Our Anniversary??

    Today marks the 10th anniversary of the initiation of Six-Party Talks to get North Korea to abandon the nuclear weapons it previously promised never to build. It’s unlikely that there will be any celebrations, because the talks weren’t successful. Oh, there were agreements along the decade-long path, but they didn’t … More