Democracies should demonstrate their power by investing in themselves and each other while holding all kleptocratic dictatorships to a higher standard. When democracies lead, the world follows.
It’s absurd to claim that India will turn into a Hindu Pakistan. But the readiness of some Hindu nationalists to pilfer the worst ideas from Islamism suggests that fears about India’s trajectory are not entirely misplaced.
President Trump laid out an inspiring vision for the future of Korea and a comprehensive outline to compete with China. But there are many potential pitfalls and minefields along the way—and the hard work of translating visions and aspirations into to concrete plans and policies has just begun.
In the first episode of Close Encounters, John Yoo and Ben Weingarten discuss Yoo’s new book ‘Striking Power: How Cyber, Robots, and Space Weapons Change the Rules for War.’
Thiessen discusses a range of issues from President Trump’s diplomacy in China, actions towards North Korea and the GOP tax reform plan.
The defense of South Korea, of Japan, and of the United States will demand a large-scale attack—a counteroffensive to an attack from Pyongyang or a preemptive maneuver—to secure, at minimum, several hundred kilometers of North Korean territory plus various launch sites and elements of the North Korean WMD complex farther north.
We are very close to a decision whether North Korea’s threat will be handled the easy way or the hard way. President Trump’s Asia trip may well prove to be the hinge point.
A strongman personalist regime in China is a threat to the global order. Policymakers need to prepare for these threats.
Ultimately, a positive change in the direction of U.S.-Philippines relations may come down to whether Trump and Duterte’s mutual admiration is enough to shift the Philippines’ foreign policy back toward the United States. Doing so will likely require avoiding discussion of human rights, leaving Filipinos to bear the costs.