by Bruce Klingner
The United States and its allies should have no illusions about Kim Jong-un. He is just as dangerous as his father, and less predictable. We can debate how best to address the situation, but should not misunderstand the seriousness of just how dangerous it could soon become.
by Kent Harrington and Bennett Ramberg
Dealing with the perennial risk of North Korea’s potential demise presents unanticipated challenges including but not limited to its nuclear arsenal. Should the United States remain the centerpiece in dealing with North Korea’s potential collapse? It’s time for a public debate.
by John S. Park
Examining financial sanctions, now the dominant counterproliferation policy instrument, from the target’s perspective reveals that sanctions have had the unintended net effect of actually strengthening North Korean procurement networks through state trading companies.
by Duk-min Yun and Wooseon Choi
Washington and Beijing seem to be experiencing fatigue with North Korea, creating an expectation that Seoul should take the initiative. Two South Korean authors argue it is not too late for Seoul to try a bold and creative initiative to pursue a new framework for denuclearization.
NORTH KOREA: NOW WHAT?
by Bruno Tertrais
In the past two years, ‘‘red lines’’ have risked becoming punch lines, having been invoked so frequently in places like Iran, Syria, and Ukraine. Yet, they remain powerful policy instruments if used properly. Here’s how...
by Michael J. Green and Zack Cooper
The perception in Asia is that the United States and its rebalance to the region have lost some steam. Why? And what can be done to reinvigorate the rebalance and keep U.S. focus on Asia?
by Joshua Rovner and Caitlin Talmadge
It’s almost conventional wisdom that a precipitous U.S. military drawdown is creating a security vacuum and political breakdown in the Gulf, but that is wrong. History, a favorable situation in the Gulf, and analysis demonstrate that the United States can protect its core interest in the free flow of oil without having to commit a large and enduring naval or ground presence.
by Sven-Eric Fikenscher and Robert J. Reardon
Washington is in danger of losing a good deal in the pursuit of a perfect but unachievable one. The P5+1 should set aside the effort to craft an all-at-once comprehensive bargain and instead adopt a strategy of negotiating incremental agreements with Iran.
by John R. Schmidt
On the heels of its stunning spring 2014 electoral victory, the BJP government could have the last best chance India will ever have to enact labor law reform. If it fails to seize the moment, it is hard to see how India will lift the majority of its population out of poverty, and it very well could have already economically peaked.
by Harsh V. Pant
New Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rise has both fundamentally transformed Indian domestic politics and renewed efforts in Delhi as well as Washington to strengthen ties. Ironically, the man once banned from traveling to the United States may already have imparted a sorely needed new dynamic to bilateral relations.
by Theodore P. Gerber
Is Russian public support for Putin’s policies in Crimea and Ukraine fleeting or a deeper tendency toward nationalism and xenophobia? Original public opinion survey results here reveal an uncertain, complex, and heterogeneous society far from a unified, coherent nationalist worldview.
by Esther D. Brimmer
This current global order rests on promoting and maintaining five pillars. Is Brazil a stakeholder in, or a naysayer against, the current system in these areas? And what will happen when Brazilian interests diverge from the global order?
by Prashanth Parameswaran
In translating Indonesia’s expanding foreign policy aspirations into reality, new President Joko Widodo will confront major challenges ranging from nagging resource constraints at home to incomplete political transitions and rising nationalism among Indonesia’s neighbors abroad.