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 ...

| Jun 22, 2003

We cannot forget Taiwan

TAIWAN: A Political History, by Denny Roy. Cornell University Press, 2003, 255 pp., $18.95 (paper). With international attention focused on Iraq and North Korea, the Taiwan problem has vanished from the headlines. It won’t go away, however; geography and politics guarantee that. Put this ...

Jun 15, 2003

'Propaganda' effort reflects U.S. image

HANOI — I just wrapped up a 10-day speaking tour for the U.S. State Department after participating in the department’s Public Diplomacy (PD) program, which sends folks to speak to universities, think tanks and public forums. The trip took me to the Russian Far ...

Jun 5, 2003

For Russian Far Easterners, future lies in Northeast Asia

YUZHNO-SAKHALINSK, Russia — The Russian Far East is a vast territory of 6.2 million square kilometers. Although it is about one-third the size of the United States, it has less than 3 percent of the U.S. population. Largely neglected by Moscow, some 10 percent ...

May 22, 2003

Donald Rumsfeld making big waves

SEOUL — U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is the man the world loves to hate. The blunt-speaking former wrestler has managed to infuriate U.S. friends and allies, declaring the nations of “Old Europe” irrelevant and undermining British Prime Minister Tony Blair on the ...

May 18, 2003

A regime to quell nuclear fear

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Any real solution to the North Korean nuclear crisis will ultimately be a “grand bargain” with military, economic, political and diplomatic components. Fashioning that deal will require aggressive and creative thinking. The lack of trust in Pyongyang and Pyongyang’s lack ...

| May 11, 2003

Koreans make good moves

THE KOREAN DIASPORA IN THE WORLD ECONOMY, edited by C. Fred Bergsten and Inbom Choi. Washington D.C.: Institute for International Economics, Special Report 15, January 2003, 180 pp., $25 (paper) In recent years, increasing attention has been given to the social and economic role ...

May 10, 2003

The purpose of U.S. power

HONOLULU — President George W. Bush declared victory in the war against Iraq last week. Anyone expecting the president to bask in success would have been surprised by the speech: Bush made clear that Iraq is merely one campaign in the ongoing war against ...