Presentation at the College of William and Mary by Carnegie Senior Associate Joseph Cirincione
People who think Bill Clinton will go down in history as a poor foreign policy president are wrong. In the tradition of Eisenhower and George H. W. Bush, he has left ticking time bombs all over the place, any or all of which are likely to go off within the next four years. This will do wonders for his own reputation and provide an escape from chumphood.
The next president would do well to conduct a thorough independent reassessment of the threat and various available diplomatic and military options. Such independent assessments could go a long way towards forging not just a domestic but an international consensus on how to most effectively confront global missile proliferation.
Secretary of State Madeline Albright’s upcoming visit to North Korea is the latest in an avalanche of diplomatic initiatives promising a more secure future in the Koreas and East Asia. Successful talks would vindicate the Clinton Administration’s approach to peace and security on the Korean Peninsula.
Presentation at the National Press Club by Carnegie Senior Associate Joseph Cirincione
The drive to deploy a National Missile Defense System in the United States is not driven primarily by threats or technology, but by politics. It is motivated primarily by deeply-held conservative political and strategic views on the nature of international conflict.
In the wake of President Clinton's decision to delay deployment of a national missile defense (NMD) system, missile defense advocates are crying foul. They insist that the technology is here today. They claim a Clinton conspiracy is depriving the nation of effective defense.
A recently announced U.S. arms deal with Taiwan immediately prompted an angry response from Beijing, which warned that there would be "serious consequences" if the deal is approved.