Posts Tagged: South Korea
If we want to prevent any future Cheonans, we need to sit down with North Korea.
South Korea has continuously increased its military spending since 2000 at a rate higher than conventional explanations would expect. Its spending grew 200 percent for the past ten years, higher than would be warranted by the growth of its economy or government budget over the same period.
Japan is on the verge of a political revolution, and the ripples might transform Asia as well.
South Korea and Japan are fighting over two tiny islands, but not because of fishing rights or the prospect of oil.
The Obama administration needs to recognize an aggressive policy toward North Korea is as ineffective now as it was during Clinton and Bush.
Coming up with the proper response to North Korea's recent actions requires a careful assessment of Pyongyang motivations and regional geopolitics.
Washington and Seoul should coordinate policy. But they should also keep their eyes on the prize: resolving the current crisis with North Korea without resorting to force.
Washington can't rely on Beijing to clean up this mess.
North Korea's nuclear test and Roh Moo-Hyun's suicide have both cast a shadow on inter-Korean cooperation. But engagement is needed now more than ever.
Relations with North Korea have taken a turn for the worse, but there is also opportunity in this crisis.