South Korea

  • 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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  • Manning: China's Affair with the 'Other Korea'

    Brent Scowcroft Center Senior Fellow Robert Manning writes for the National Interest on China's relationship with North Korea and South Korea:

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  • Manning: Kim Jong Un Wants to Talk

    Brent Scowcroft Center Senior Fellow Robert Manning writes for the Wall Street Journal on why South Korea's leadership should set some terms ahead of a potential summit with North Korea: 

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  • Adm. Winnefeld: "We're Not Betting on Dennis Rodman as Our Deterrent" Against North Korea

    Yonhap News features remarks made by Admiral James Winnefeld, the keynote speaker at the Atlantic Council's annual conference on global missile defense:

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  • The Future of US-Korea Alliance and Extended Deterrence in East Asia

    The US-Republic of Korea Defense Treaty, which continues to serve as the cornerstone of the bilateral alliance and underwrite its central role in Washington's rebalance strategy to the Asia-Pacific, marked its 60th anniversary in 2013. Through extended deterrence and the full range of conventional and nuclear US military capabilities, the United States remains dedicated to the defense of South Korea and to peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and the broader East Asian region. A not-for-attribution roundtable briefing hosted by the Atlantic Council's Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security gathered leading experts in the field to discuss the strategic challenges and opportunities the alliance and US extended deterrence in East Asia are likely to face in the future.
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