South Korea

  • China Still Holds the Key for Getting Tough with Pyongyang

    The fourth North Korean nuclear test is a big deal and an additional provocation but not a game changer. In the coming days and weeks, many countries will condemn the test and additional sanctions will be considered in the United Nations Security Council. None of this will alter the geopolitics of the Korean peninsula in any significant way. The only thing that would do that would be for China to reassess its strategic interests with regard to North Korea.

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  • Ward: Three Ways an Asian War Could Erupt

    Brent Scowcroft Center Associate Director Alex Ward writes for The National Interest on how the relative regional stability in northeast Asia today could change quickly:

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  • Manning: Trilateral Summit Could Bring New Realism to Northeast Asia

    Brent Scowcroft Center Resident Senior Fellow Robert Manning writes for the Global Times on the recent trilateral meeting between China, Japan, and South Korea, the first since 2012: 

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  • Metzl on the North-South Korean Conflict

    CNN quotes Brent Scowcroft Center Nonresident Senior Fellow for Technology and National Security Jamie Metzl on the possibility of an escalation of the recent North-South Korean military actions:

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  • Manning on North and South Korea Shelling

    Brent Scowcroft Center Resident Senior Fellow Robert Manning joins TRT World to discuss the recent exchange of fire between North and South Korea:

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  • Like Cars, Like Cargo Ships

    North Americans are really uneconomical shipbuilders, and their navies should demand better.

    Ford announced this week that the company will stop building small cars in Michigan, or anywhere in the States, as price pressure precludes paying workers what’s worth their while. Ford will build its new Lincoln Continental in Michigan, but that’s because the profit margins on luxury sedans can support the prevailing wages. As those twin reports in the Wall Street Journal reminded us, not all companies in North America are equally adept in all tasks, so not everything should be built in the US and Canada. That’s just Ricardian comparative advantage. So why are North American military forces trying to buy everything there? The cost penalties are particularly dire in shipbuilding, but they could be otherwise, with a really serious effort at innovation.

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  • Metzl: Korean Reunification Is in China's National Interest

    Brent Scowcroft Center Nonresident Senior Fellow for Technology and National Security Jamie Metzl writes for Caixin on the benefits of Korean reunification, especially for China:

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  • The Global Arms Trade: “Hyundaisation” Threat from New Suppliers?

    The concern is overblown, and traditional arms exporters in the US and Europe will continue to dominate the global arms trade for some time.

    A RECENT article in the Wall Street Journal (“The ‘Hyundaization’ of the Global Arms Industry,” April 5, 2015) puts forth a provocative argument, namely that “new defence exporters are joining the global game with advanced and well-priced offerings, creating potential threat to the US and its allies, and weakening Western influence”. In other words, the proliferation of cheap, “good enough” weapons by neophyte arms exporters like Brazil, South Korea, and Turkey will undermine the United States’ dominance of the global arms trade. The emergence of such new arms exporters will have grave economic repercussions for US arms producers, as well as negative ramifications for Washington’s global sway. 

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  • Shield of Poland, Shield from Poland

    Liberalized technology sharing and globalized supply chains are needed for controlling the cost of defense.

    I spent last Wednesday in Warsaw at the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM), for a conference on Balancing Strategy and Economic Imperatives: the Future of US-Polish Defense-Industrial Cooperation. My task was moderating a panel discussion on "The Industry’s View,” amongst Marek Dras, director-general of Radiotechnika, Henryk Kruszyński, president of Teldat, and Marek Brudka, R&D director for Filbico. All three firms are designers and builders of military electronics and software. They’re smallish firms, with 20 to 200 staff, but of some history—20 to 70 years. They are primarily Polish companies, but they have global ambitions, and that should be taken as a serious boon to the alliance. For the combination of cost and quality that companies in countries like Poland offer is under-leveraged in the global security business.

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  • Healey on the Data Hacking of South Korean Nuclear Power Plants

    Cyber Statecraft Initiative Director Jason Healey joins CNN's The Situation Room to discuss the alleged North Korean data hacking of South Korean nuclear power plants:

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