| Nov 23, 2003

N. Korea: where NGOs fear to go

PAVED WITH GOOD INTENTIONS: The NGO Experience in North Korea, edited by L. Gordon Flake and Scott Snyder. Praeger Publishers, 2003, 176 pp., $45 (cloth). Pity the poor nongovernmental organizations trying to work in North Korea. They face a monumental challenge — aiding a ...

Oct 30, 2003

Europe rues decline amid shift to Asia

PARIS — Officially, we were discussing Russia’s place in Asia. It was hard to tell whether the French senator/historian on the panel was warning of Moscow’s return to great-power status or urging it on. He was no crypto-communist, however: For him, Russia’s resurgence would ...

Sep 10, 2003

China-Japan perception gap

WHITE FISH, Montana — The accidental discovery of buried canisters of mustard gas, abandoned by Japanese troops in China over a half century ago, is only the most recent tangible reminder of the unfinished legacy of World War II. Forty Chinese workers were injured ...

Sep 2, 2003

One-sided bilateral relations

TOKYO — The conventional wisdom on the other side of the Pacific is that U.S.-Japan relations are the best they’ve ever been. The view is very different in Japan. Here, an increasing number of voices argue that the benefits of the relationship only flow ...

Aug 28, 2003

Asia needs export controls to keep terrorist forces at bay

SINGAPORE — The recent bomb blast at the J.W. Marriott hotel in downtown Jakarta is only the most recent reminder of the ruthless cruelty of international terrorism. The topic dominates every discussion of Asian security. Those talks have become increasingly sharp in the face ...

Aug 18, 2003

Responsibility to protect against state abuse

KUALA LUMPUR — The annual Asia-Pacific Roundtable is an invaluable opportunity to take the pulse of Southeast Asian thinking about security issues. This year’s meeting, the 17th, featured the usual U.S. bashing — a predictable response to overwhelming American power and the Bush administration’s ...

Aug 7, 2003

Nukes still won't help Japan

HIROSHIMA — The walk from my hotel to the conference center took me past the Atomic Dome and through the Peace Park that commemorates the atomic bombing of Aug. 6, 1945. Friday morning, several fire trucks were parked in front of the Children’s Peace ...

Jul 27, 2003

China shifts toward activism

HONOLULU — Northeast Asia watchers were treated to a curious sight last week: high-profile foreign policy activism by Beijing. The Chinese government was publicly pushing the United States and North Korea to the negotiating table. It’s unclear whether this approach marks a new phase ...

Jul 4, 2003

Does irrelevancy await Japan?

HONOLULU — Japan-U.S. relations are at a postwar high, “the best they have ever been,” report policymakers on both sides of the Pacific and longtime observers of the relationship. Credit growing realism in Japan about security issues, unprecedented decisions in Tokyo and a remarkable ...