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  • North Korea Threatens Nuclear Strike on U.S.

    So much for basketball diplomacy. Dennis Rodman’s meeting with his new BFF Kim Jong-un didn’t prevent the regime from threatening a pre-emptive nuclear strike to turn Washington, D.C., into a “sea of flames.” While Rodman’s trip can be dismissed as narcissistic self-promotion, North Korea’s bombastic rhetoric shouldn’t be so easily … More

    North Korea Abandons Armistice…Again

    On March 5, Pyongyang threatened to nullify the 1953 armistice agreement ending the Korean War, raising already heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula. The declaration comes amidst large-scale military exercises by North Korea and by U.S. and South Korean forces as well as rumors of impending rocket and nuclear tests. … More

    North Korea Defies with Nuclear Test

    Pyongyang again disobeyed international efforts to rein in the recalcitrant regime by conducting its third nuclear test. North Korea announced it successfully conducted a test of a “miniaturized and lighter nuclear device with greater explosive force than previously.” Coupled with its successful launch of a long-range missile in December 2012, … More

    Japan’s Defense Spending Boost Is Proper Response to Threats

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been in office less than a month but is already showing that he means business on addressing his country’s security needs. The Abe administration announced it would increase Japanese defense spending, reversing an 11-year trend of consecutive defense budget cuts. Abe has also instructed … More

    North Korea’s Insincere Charm Offensive

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un continues to dazzle the world. The New Year dawned with Kim Jong-un giving a New Year’s Day policy speech rather than issuing a written editorial like his reclusive father Kim Jong-il. The media are now awash with articles predicting that Kim fils has turned over … More

    Conservative South Korean Victory Will Affirm Strong U.S. Alliance

    Conservative candidate Park Geun-hye won victory to become South Korea’s first woman president. Park, the daughter of former President Park Chung-hee, beat progressive challenger Moon Jae-in, the chief of staff to former President Roh Moo-hyun. Although both parties shifted toward the center on some foreign policy and economic issues, voters … More

    Japanese Conservative Victory: A Welcome Development for the U.S.

    In Japan, the conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) exceeded even the most optimistic predictions by winning a landslide victory in Sunday’s lower house election. LDP Leader Shinzo Abe’s conservative foreign policy views and the Japanese public’s growing concern over China provide an excellent opportunity for Washington to achieve several policy … More

    North Korean Missile Defiance Requires Stern Response

    North Korea again defied the international community today by launching a Unha-3 rocket, which is the same vehicle as its Taepo Dong-2 ICBM. Despite North Korean claims that the launch was of a civilian satellite, it is a clear violation of UN Security Council Resolutions. The U.N. Security Council (UNSC) … More

    Panetta's Asia Visit Should Sort Friends from (Potential) Foes

    Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is in Asia trying to prevent further escalations in tensions over several territorial disputes. National elections in South Korea and Japan and a leadership transition in China’s Communist Party have fueled a resurgence of nationalism and historical animosities. Although the rhetoric and political posturing is coming … More

    Waiting for North Korean Reform...and Waiting...

    In recent weeks, Pyongyang has begun yet another charm offensive by reaching out to Beijing, Washington, and Tokyo. The diplomatic initiative follows the anointing of the more dynamic and charismatic Kim Jong-un as leader, leading pundits to perceive subtle new signs of impending North Korean economic reform and a less … More