United States

    • Research

    Deterring Conflict In The Taiwan Strait: The Successes and Failures of Taiwan’s Defense Reform and Modernization Program

    The first section of this paper looks at the basic objectives of Taiwan’s defense reform and modernization programs and the successes and failures to date. The second section assesses the underlying reasons for those successes and failures. A final section assesses the prospects for the future and the implications for U.S. policy and U.S.–ROC relations.

    • Research

    A Safer Form of Deterrence and Security

    • July 02, 2004
    • Carnegie

    The following are excerpts from remarks by Sam Nunn, co-chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, to the 2004 Carnegie International Non-Proliferation Conference, June 21, 2004.

    • Commentary

    The Broader Middle East and North Africa Initiative: A Hollow Victory for the United States

    The adoption of the Broader Middle East and North Africa Initiative by the Group of Eight Industrialized Nations (G-8) at their June 8-10 summit in Sea Island, Georgia represents a diplomatic victory for the United States. The initiative, however, is extremely unlikely to have a noticeable impact on political reform in the Middle East.

    • Research

    Europe’s Uncertain Pursuit of Middle East Reform

    While enjoying both quantitative and qualitative advantages relative to U.S. efforts, European democracy policies in the Middle East require significant revision if they are to attain the sophisticated holistic gradualism to which they aspire.

    • Event

    Taiwan and the Second Chen Administration: A Crisis in the Making?

    Four leading China-Taiwan experts discuss political, diplomatic, and security implications of the second Chen Shui-bian administration.

    • Commentary

    US Troop Reductions Risk War in Korea

    • Research

    Wrong Time to Cut Troops in Korea

    • June 07, 2004

    The Bush administration plans to make significant additional cuts in the size of US troop deployments in South Korea. Such reductions may leave North Korean leaders with the impression that it is their recently enhanced nuclear capabilities that are driving the American withdrawal and embolden the reclusive state to take provocative actions in the months before to the US election.

    • Commentary

    Second chance to learn the lessons of Vietnam

    Many in the U.S. who supported the Iraq war are now backing away from it. They blame the debacle on unforeseeable mistakes by the Bush administration. But the failure in Iraq also reflects deeper flaws in US political culture - the belief in the possibility of successful adoption of democracy by all the peoples of the world and simultaneous contempt for the cultures and opinions of those peoples.

    • Commentary

    True cost of imperialism

    If America engages in any more imperial military adventures like the one in Iraq, the long-term consequence may be the collapse of Western democracy, or of the globalized economic system on which American imperial power rests, or both. Patriots and democrats should be doing everything in their power to devise new strategies that will avoid such devastating outcomes.

    • Research

    US Launches Global Nuclear Clean-Out

    • Jon Wolfsthal
    • May 26, 2004

    The Global Threat Reduction Initiative is an important and overdue addition to US efforts to prevent terrorists from acquiring nuclear weapons, but should be pursued even more aggressively than the timeline laid out by the Department of Energy.

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