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The Obama administration needs an integrated strategy for dealing with North Korea, not a spasmodic response that has no more upside than us being able to boast, “We got you back!”

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Kim Jong Suk Pyongyang Textile Mill in an undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang, December 20, 2014.

It is misguided to believe that China will threaten its relationship with North Korea over the Sony hacks.  The threat of North Korean regime collapse, and thus war on the Korean Peninsula, will continue to ensure Beijing’s support for Pyongyang.

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The Obama administration’s “rebalance” to Asia is, in fact, an Obama retreat, not simply from the Middle East or in the face of Vladimir Putin’s aggression, but also from the Pacific theater that was touted as its focus.

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A security guard stands at the entrance of United Artists theater during the premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los Angeles, California December 11, 2014. Reuters

Thank you, Kim Jong Un, for awakening America to its vulnerabilities and stimulating a debate on how to respond to cyberwarfare.

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The Obama administration is apparently considering putting North Korea back on the list of state sponsors of terrorism, in response to its attack on Sony Pictures’ computer system and threats against movie theaters. The truth is, it never should have been taken off the list in the first place.

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Sony Pictures has now confirmed that it is canceling the Christmas release of The Interview, a comedy starring James Franco and Seth Rogen, due to North Korean–directed threats against theaters.  Not since the fatwa against Salman Rushdie and The Satanic Verses has the West so cravenly surrendered to intellectual terrorism.

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As multinational military operations against ISIS continue into 2015, look for China to take small steps in contributing to the fight.

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Michael Auslin and Derek Scissors provide analysis on Japan’s snap-election results, primarily focusing on how the results impact Prime Minister Abe’s reform agenda.

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Covering a defense story today? Here’s the latest from the experts on the AEI defense team.

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As expected, Japanese premier Shinzo Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) dominated Sunday’s snap election, easily winning a two-thirds supermajority with its coalition partner in the Lower House of the Japanese Diet.

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