| Feb 2, 2003

Analyst urges Russia to look West

THE END OF EURASIA: Russia on the Border Between Geopolitics and Globalization, by Dmitri Trenin. Washington, D.C.: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2002, 351 pp., $24.95 (paper) If nations were people, then Russia would have post-traumatic stress syndrome. Over the past decade, the former ...

Jan 30, 2003

Making waves over foreign policy 'realism'

HONOLULU — One of the advantages of living in Hawaii is that you get to spend weekends at the beach. I spend mine with the Grizzled Old Vet, a longtime observer of East Asia who has spent a lifetime straddling academia and the minefields ...

Jan 16, 2003

Japan plods path of isolation

HONOLULU — Japan continues to be the odd man out in Northeast Asia. While the other states in the region have been forging ties and building networks with each other — even North Korea — Japan has lagged behind. Tokyo could be marginalized in ...

Jan 13, 2003

Contain the nuclear genie

HONOLULU — Some people are scratching their heads over the standoff over North Korea’s clandestine nuclear-weapons development program. They point out that by the early 1990s, it was thought that Pyongyang already had one or two nuclear warheads. They note that the fundamental strategic ...

| Jan 12, 2003

Facing economic facts, even if it hurts

STRADDLING ECONOMICS AND POLITICS: Cross-Cutting Issues in Asia, the United States, and the Global Economy, by Charles Wolf Jr. Santa Monica, CA.: Rand, 2002, 210 pp., $20 (paper) You have to give Charles Wolf credit. It takes courage to reprint articles when some of ...

Dec 26, 2002

Marketing matters in foreign policy

HONOLULU — Call me a cynic, but I’ve long believed that one of the greatest foreign-policy advantages the United States has enjoyed is the ineptness of the governments it has confronted. It’s always good to have right on your side, but sometimes that isn’t ...

Dec 21, 2002

Asia can learn from Europe

SINGAPORE — Ever since Asian policymakers and analysts began thinking about their part of the world as a collective of nations — as a “region” — they have made one thing clear: Asia is a unique place and Europe’s experience on this matter just ...

Dec 12, 2002

Which is worse, adultery or promiscuity?

JEJU, South Korea — Adultery or promiscuity: Which is worse? Oddly enough, that question hung over discussions at the United Nations-ROK conference* that convened last week at this South Korean resort. Those of us debating “changing security dynamics and their implications for disarmament and ...

Dec 4, 2002

Japan slams the door on stolen artwork

HONOLULU — Stolen art is big business. According to Interpol, the traffic in stolen art is worth about $5 billion a year, about as much as the illegal trade in arms and drugs. Accurate estimates of the trade are hard to come by, but ...