Thu, Dec 20, 2018

Prospects for US-South Korean-Japanese trilateral security cooperation

Although assessing the intensity and depth of trilateral security cooperation or a lack thereof is hardly a new issue, the stakes are arguably the highest since the outbreak of the North Korean nuclear crisis in the early 1990s.

Report by Chung Min Lee

Defense Policy Japan

Mon, Dec 17, 2018

The United States and its allies need to understand China’s North Korea policy

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on October 26 marked the first time in seven years that a serving Japanese prime minister has traveled to China for official bilateral meetings with his counterparts. Lost in the headlines of this historic summit was the fact that the two leaders […]

New Atlanticist by Taisuke Mibae

China Economic Sanctions

Sun, Oct 21, 2018

Trump to pull plug on arms control treaty with Russia

White House officials, especially National Security Advisor John Bolton, have been pushing to abandon the treaty as they believe it is limiting Washington’s ability to counter China’s growing nuclear arsenal in East Asia.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

China Missile Defense

Wed, Sep 19, 2018

Testing North Korea’s nuclear offer

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has agreed to dismantle missile facilities in the presence of international inspectors and take steps toward denuclearization—provided the United States takes “corresponding measures.”

New Atlanticist by Ashish Kumar Sen

Japan Korea

Tue, Apr 24, 2018

A strategy for deterring Russian de-escalation strikes

The United States and its NATO allies have not developed a clear strategy for deterring limited Russian nuclear strikes. Specifically, in the event of a limited Russian nuclear attack, how would the United States and its NATO allies respond?

Report by Matthew Kroenig

Defense Policy Europe & Eurasia

Wed, Mar 28, 2018

Kissing the ring: Kim pledges denuclearization after meeting with China’s Xi

Overnight, China ended the mystery and intrigue of its secret visitor: Yes, it was North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, making his first foreign trip to Beijing. While there, Kim pledged a commitment to North Korean denuclearization. Kim said: “It is our consistent stand to be committed to denuclearization in accordance with the will of […]

New Atlanticist by Robert A. Manning

China Korea

Wed, Nov 29, 2017

Northeast Asian futures

The great Asian paradox is that a region steadily becoming more economically integrated is filled with distrust, competing nationalisms, and territorial disputes in the security realm. This is epitomized by Northeast Asia and the North Pacific: the region features the world’s three largest economies; three of the largest militaries; three of the five declared nuclear […]

Issue Brief by Robert A. Manning

China Defense Policy

Wed, Nov 15, 2017

Asia in the “Second Nuclear Age”

It is now a truism among foreign and defense policy practitioners that the post Cold War nuclear buildup in the India Pacific region constitutes the drawn of the “second nuclear age.” From the 1990s onward, China’s decision to stir out of its strategic languor and modernize its nuclear arsenal, along with the resolve of India […]

Report by Gaurav Kampani and Bharath Gopalaswamy

Nuclear Deterrence Nuclear Nonproliferation

Tue, Nov 15, 2016

Toward a more flexible NATO nuclear posture

Over the past decade and a half, Russia has placed an increased emphasis on nuclear weapons in its military strategy and doctrine. Moscow’s assertive “escalate-to-de-escalate” nuclear strategy poses a distinguishable threat to NATO nations, and requires greater strategic thinking about NATO’s nuclear posture. After a quarter century of reducing its reliance on nuclear weapons, NATO […]

Issue Brief by Matthew Kroenig

Europe & Eurasia NATO

Thu, Oct 20, 2016

Nuclear buying power

Who wins and who loses when the Pentagon prohibits exclusive dealing? On October 11, the US Air Force received prospective contractors’ proposals its its Ground-Based Strategic Deterrence (GBSD) program, its effort to begin replacing its Boeing LGM-30 Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) by 2030. The USAF is sufficiently concerned about its choices for cost-effective […]

Defense Industrialist by James Hasik

Defense Industry Nuclear Deterrence