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Why Obama Needs a Second Thought on “No First Use”

Why Obama Needs a Second Thought on “No First Use”

Maybe the U.S. is ready to adopt a “no first use” policy for its nuclear arsenal but its allies, dependent on America's "nuclear umbrella", are not.

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Legacies of General MacArthur’s ‘Peace Constitution’ still Matter in East Asia

Legacies of General MacArthur’s ‘Peace Constitution’ still Matter in East Asia

Post-war Japan’s constitution was an avant-garde collage of high-edge liberal democratic universal norms that revolutionized an outmoded governance system.

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Beijing Signals Through North Korean Defectors

Beijing Signals Through North Korean Defectors

Groups of North Korean workers in China successfully fled to the South in April and May, signaling that Beijing is losing patience with the Kim's regime.

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Korean Choices – Great Decisions Spring Updates

Korean Choices – Great Decisions Spring Updates

South Korean President Park Geun-hye has been negotiating with China and Iran in order to gain an advantage in future talks with Kim Jong-un's regime.

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Nuclear Power and Economic Reform in the Age of Kim Jong-un

Nuclear Power and Economic Reform in the Age of Kim Jong-un

At the 7th Congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea, Kim Jong-un is expected to promote his byungjin policy: simultaneously strengthening the nuclear arsenal and fostering economic development.

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GailForce: West 2016 Conference – Navy Leaders Discuss the Latest in Maritime Strategy

GailForce:  West 2016 Conference – Navy Leaders Discuss the Latest in Maritime Strategy

Looking forward, it is clear that the challenges the Navy face are shifting in character, are increasingly difficult to address in isolation, and are changing quickly. This will require us to reexamine our approaches in every aspect of our operations.

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North Korea’s Impasse Highlights Northeastern Asia’s Fragile Peace

North Korea’s Impasse Highlights Northeastern Asia’s Fragile Peace

The erratic behavior of the Kim dynasty has long enraged and exasperated both its enemies and allies, though larger states have certainly used North Korea’s existence as a fig leaf for moves of their own.

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Risky Business: Pyongyang’s Dangerous Gamble

Risky Business: Pyongyang’s Dangerous Gamble

After protracted negotiations, China has finally withdrawn its opposition, joining in the UN Security Council's unanimous decision to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea in response to its recent nuclear and ballistic missile test.

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The Twilight of President Park’s Trustpolitik

The Twilight of President Park’s Trustpolitik

During her recent address to the National Assembly, President Park stressed her intention to adopt a more assertive strategy toward the North Korean regime.

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Closing Kaesong: Tensions on the Korean Peninsula

Closing Kaesong: Tensions on the Korean Peninsula

On February 10, 2016, South Korea decided to shut down the Kaesong Industrial Complex (KIC). Seoul’s decision followed North Korea’s alleged hydrogen bomb test on January 6 and its long-range missile launch one month later.

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Beijing and Washington: An Uneasy Balance in the Korean Peninsula

Beijing and Washington: An Uneasy Balance in the Korean Peninsula

On Sunday, Pyongyang launched a long-range missile. While China still opposes expanding sanctions on North Korea, Washington has recently stressed its determination to support South Korea and Japan against the North's nuclear threat.

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The Inter-Korean Propaganda War

The Inter-Korean Propaganda War

The intensifying animosity was coarsely expressed by a North Korean leaflet at the time: “Let us beat to death Park Geun-hye’s gang of dogs for resuming propaganda broadcasts and deteriorating North-South relations!”

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What Can Washington Do About North Korea’s Nuclear Ambitions?

What Can Washington Do About North Korea’s Nuclear Ambitions?

This week, military tensions and international concerns reached an unprecedented level in the Korean Peninsula after the United States deployed a B-52 bomber in response to North Korea’s recent nuclear test. 

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More Violence in Xinjiang

More Violence in Xinjiang

The latest attack in a long series of aggressions left more than 50 people dead and dozens wounded.

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The Greatest Threat to U.S. Security?

The Greatest Threat to U.S. Security?

If General Dunford is right, perhaps now is the time to reconsider military assistance to the Ukraine.

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