Asia

Solving Long Division: The Geopolitical Implications of Korean Unification

By Patrick M Cronin and Van Jackson and Elbridge Colby and Richard Fontaine and David Eunpyoung Jee and Brian Kirk and Darcie Draudt and Hannah Suh for Center for a New American Security (CNAS)

As Patrick Cronin and others see it, Korean unification will yield a number of existential-level problems. For example, the stakeholders involved will have to 1) resolve the status of the US-South Korea Alliance; 2) define the missions and capabilities of the armed forces of a united Korea; 3) manage the existence or disposition of nuclear weapons, etc.

Pakistan and North Korea’s Nuclear Extortion

Pakistan and North Korea’s Nuclear Extortion

 Seth Oldmixon

Two important and unsettling events took place earlier this month: North Korea claimed to have detonated a thermonuclear bomb, and India’s Pathankot airbase was the victim of an attack by Pakistan-based militants. While seemingly unrelated, the two events have more in common than readily apparent: Each fits a long established pattern of behavior intended to extort international concessions by exploiting global anxiety about nuclear terrorism. 

What’s Really Behind China’s Island Building?

By Ron Huisken
The U.S. Navy and the Australian Air Force have recently been at pains to proclaim certain activities in the South China Sea as pursuant to their right to international freedom of navigation. This new twist on familiar activities stems from China’s spectacular creation of seven new islands in this enclosed sea.

4 Myths About North Korea

 4 Myths About North Korea

Dingding Chen
No country annoys its neighbors like North Korea. With its fourth and most recent nuclear test, North Korea has, once again, put itself in front of all major powers in Asia and beyond. As usual, most commentary has focused on whether North Korea was bluffing with a nuclear test and whose failures should be blamed for this increasingly disturbing situation.

Eight Predictions for Southeast Asia for 2016: Part 1

Eight Predictions for Southeast Asia for 2016: Part 1

 Joshua Kurlantzick
It’s that time again—time for resolutions that last a couple weeks into the new year and bold predictions that (surely) will turn out right this year. Right?

H-bomb or not, don’t underestimate North Korean militarism


By Bradley K. Martin
I leave it to the weapons experts to decide whether it was or it wasn’t. What jumps out in any case is that the North Koreans CLAIMED that what they tested Wednesday was a hydrogen bomb.

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