Q&As: Nuclear Proliferation
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.
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.
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.
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.
No Illusions for North Korea
Nicholas Hamisevicz of the Korea Economic Institute of America examines the motivations behind Pyongyang’s provocative behavior and argues that Kim Jong-un is far more similar to his father than many observers had hoped.
Economic and Societal Impacts on North Korea and Its Regime
NBR interviewed Professor Clark Sorensen, Chair of the Korea Studies department at the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies, to shed light on North Korea’s economic situation, its regime’s decision-making process, and the ideology that drives social and political behavior.
New START, One Year Later
On the one-year anniversary of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), signed by the United States and Russia, Christopher Ford, Senior Fellow at the Hudson Center and a former U.S. Special Representative for Nuclear Nonproliferation, looks back at the negotiation, describes the treaty’s current status, and assesses the opportunities for future arms-reduction agreements between the two countries.
Political Change in the DPRK
This Q&A presents an interview by Asia Policy editor, Andrew Marble, on political change in North Korea with Stephan Haggard, Krause Distinguished Professor at the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, University of California–San Diego, and Daniel Pinkston, Senior Analyst and Deputy Project Director for North East Asia at the International Crisis Group in Seoul.