North Korea’s nuclear test led some South Koreans to renew calls for a nuclear option. Interpreting Seoul’s signals will be challenging for U.S. policymakers.
While Asia has been an unparalleled economic success, it is also home to some of the world’s most dangerous, diverse, and divisive challenges.
At a time when Asia is undergoing truly astounding economic, political, and security changes, the narrative of the region’s seemingly endless rise has predominated. Yet Asia’s economic success remains mired in virtually all of the world’s most pressing security and political problems.
U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew discussed the evolution of sanctions, outlined lessons learned from previous challenges and successes, and raised the importance of guarding against their misuse.
Verification and maintaining incentives for compliance will be important factors in the continued implementation of the Iran deal, and Japan’s membership on the UN Security Council and business relationships with Iran are potential assets for addressing these issues.
The U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific is well-known but the United States is far from the only country turning toward the region.
Reigning in North Korean hackers is consistent with China’s cyberpolicy and boosts security on the Korean peninsula.
South Korea and the United States have become essential partners on nuclear matters over the last forty years. However, as with all maturing relationships, there remain differences of view and priority that must be managed.
Although yesterday’s test does not mean that North Korea’s nuclear capabilities have taken a qualitative leap forward, it is at least a sign of incremental improvement.
What were the accomplishments, shortcomings, and policy implications of the U.S.-South Korea summit?