Q&As: Nuclear Proliferation
Mind the Gap: The Singapore Summit and U.S. Alliances
Daniel C. Sneider (Stanford University) writes that the spectacle of the first-ever meeting between a North Korean leader and a sitting U.S. President obscures essential realities within the region. He argues that the United States should follow up the unconventional diplomacy in Singapore with careful attention to managing our alliances with South Korea and Japan.
What to Expect from the First Moon-Trump Summit
In advance of the first summit between President Trump and South Korea’s newly elected progressive president Moon Jae-in, Scott Snyder (Council on Foreign Relations) discusses Moon's most consequential foreign policy challenge: the management of the security alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea (ROK).
Asia's Multipolar Nuclear Future
Matthew Kroenig (Georgetown University) comments on the key issues examined in the NBR Special Report "Approaching Critical Mass: Asia's Multipolar Nuclear Future" and explains the practical implications of a multipolar nuclear order.
The Nuclear Security Summit
Eunjung Lim (Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies) provides key takeaways from the recent Nuclear Security Summit, particularly discussions among President Barack Obama, South Korean president Park Geun-hye and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe on North Korea’s nuclear program.
North Korea’s Nuclear Capability
Recent cyberattacks and subsequent U.S. sanctions on North Korean actors have refocused international attention on the threat posed by the Kim Jong-un regime. Even greater concern should surround the country’s other emerging asymmetric capability: its slowly advancing nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
Iran’s Year to Come in from the Cold
The beginning of 2015 will be a critical period for determining Iran’s future position in the international community. While negotiations over the country’s nuclear program will be closely watched, militant activities in Iraq, the possibility of new U.S. sanctions, and cooperation with Asian countries on energy will be other important issues to follow carefully.
China-India Nuclear Relations
Vipin Narang (MIT) examines bilateral nuclear dynamics between China and India as well as Pakistan’s role in the relationship. He maintains that the United States should encourage Sino-Indian stability by remaining largely in the background.
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Madame Park Goes to Washington
Ahead of new South Korean president Park Geun-hye's visit to the United States in May, John S. Park (NBR) discussed several of the issues Presidents Guen-hye and Obama were likely to address as tensions on the Korean peninsula continued to simmer.