Russia, China Power Games Prop Up North Korea’s Nuclear Brinkmanship

  Great power games are in full swing in Northeast Asia, as exhibited by the sudden and steep increase of intense geopolitical activity surrounding North Korea.   This round began when the sequestered North Korean leader Kim Jong-un began his ‘outreach program’ with the first-ever declared foreign visit to Beijing’s Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in March 2018. […]

The US and Vietnam: Old Enemies, New Friends?

  America’s eight-year military intervention came to a rather ignominious end as the last United States combat forces withdrew from South Vietnam on March 29, 1973. Having already violated the ceasefire, the North Vietnamese—who had fought nearly 20 years to see their country united—seized the opportunity and launched a massive offensive. The southern capital, Saigon, […]

Should Washington Get Tough on China? Here Are Things to Consider

  Tracking the debate over China policy in Washington shows remarkable hardening over the past two years. There are now routine calls for a United States pushback and toughening against expansionist and predatory Chinese practices carried out by an increasingly assertive and challenging Communist party-led dictatorship.   Those arguing for continuing constructive engagement are on […]

Editorial: Where is Japan’s Response to Russia’s Novichok Nerve Agent Attack?

  A former Russian military intelligence officer living as a refugee in Britain and his daughter were poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent known as Novichok on March 4 in Salisbury, England. Both lost consciousness and were hospitalized in critical condition.   The assault was, beyond doubt, a grave violation of international law. Russia, however, […]

Can Trump and Kim Jong-un Make A Deal to Reduce Tensions?

  The coming historic meeting between United States President Donald Trump and North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un provides an extraordinary opportunity to reduce tensions in Asia, or it could push us forward towards a possible confrontation.   The opportunity emerged following soft diplomatic overtures between North and South Korea during the Olympic Games in […]

Strengthening the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue: Lessons from NATO

    (First of Two Parts)   In recent years there have been growing concerns among nations in the Indo-Pacific region about the rise of China. In this regard, a Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (known as the “Quad”)—including Japan, Australia, India, and the United States—has now emerged. This multilateral group has the potential to play a […]