Now is not the time to weaponize for narrow partisan advantage a negotiation that could achieve historical results.
A bilateral group of scholars and former defense officials will assess Japan’s policy priorities and defense capabilities through the lens of its newly revised guidelines and Mid-Term Defense Plan.
Will South Korea’s president be able to create peace with his quarrelsome northern neighbor, or will he stumble over economic weaknesses at home?
While the United States has unyieldingly focused on making progress toward denuclearization in North Korea, South Korean President Moon Jae in’s first priority is to ensure that the peace process continues.
Kim Jong-un is prone to making bombastic threats and boasts. But it would be unwise to dismiss the North Korean leader’s words as mere hot air.
So far, South Korea’s president has successfully engaged North Korea—but it is unlikely he can sustain this approach without delivering on domestic promises.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in allocated the bulk of his political capital to inter-Korean engagement during the first year and a half of his presidency. This strategy has paid dividends thus far. However, domestic and geopolitical forces are likely to determine his agenda’s success.
The fundamental longer-term question is, if peace and security sink deep roots on the Korean landscape, what security role the United States should assume not only on the Korean Peninsula but also toward Northeast Asia more broadly.
Cybercrime seems invisible. Attacks arrive out of nowhere, their origins hidden by layers of sophisticated technology. Only the victims are clear. But every crime has its perpetrator—specific individuals or groups sitting somewhere behind keyboards and screens.
For the moment, the declared goals of the two Koreas appear well-aligned. Yet, skeptics were quick to contend that the summit was a mere exercise in symbolism.