Apr 26, 2007

North Korean nuclear deal

HONOLULU — (More than) a day later, but not a dollar short. That pretty much sums up what to Pyongyang is a perfectly reasonable negotiating position. It will honor its end of the Feb. 13, 2007, “action for action” denuclearization deal, once the money ...

Oct 26, 2006

N. Korea: Who's to blame?

SEOUL — “It’s all Bush’s fault!” “No, it’s all Clinton’s fault!” Has anyone engaged in this increasingly counterproductive debate over who should be blamed for North Korea’s nuclear test ever stopped to consider that it might actually be Kim Jong Il’s fault? . . ...

Oct 14, 2006

Get tough with Pyongyang

HONOLULU — Virtually every statement issued in response to North Korea’s apparent first-ever nuclear-weapons test has included an admonition (or plea) for Pyongyang to return to the moribund six-party talks. But, are all parties prepared to take “yes” for an answer? Pyongyang’s response, to ...

Oct 7, 2006

Pyongyang's nuclear threat

HONOLULU — North Korea announced on Tuesday that it “will, in the future, conduct a nuclear-weapons test,” promising that it will be done under conditions where “safety is firmly guaranteed.” While Pyongyang did not say when this test would occur, it made it clear ...

Aug 25, 2006

Softening northern borders

MARIEHAMN, Finland — It was cruel irony that the Aug. 16 killing of a Japanese fisherman by Russian security forces in the Northern Territories took place just as a group of Japanese and Russian scholars and former government officials were meeting with a group ...

Jul 22, 2006

UNSC passes the test, so far

HONOLULU — Hat’s off to Pyongyang! It has helped to accomplish in 10 days what American officials had failed to accomplish in almost four years of diplomacy: a unanimous United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution that not only condemns its July 5 (Fourth of ...

Jun 29, 2006

A wise man's vision of Pax Asia Pacifica

HONOLULU — “Are the United States and East Asia ready for the creation of a ‘Pax Asia Pacifica’ as a logical successor to the ‘Pax Americana,’ which has provided peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region for decades?” This question was foremost on former ...

Apr 15, 2006

2006 is all about democracy

HONOLULU — The 2006 National Security Strategy (NSS) document has just been released. News coverage has focused on one word: preemption. Largely overlooked has been the much greater emphasis on the promotion of democracy as the primary objective of American foreign policy in the ...

Dec 22, 2005

Much ado about something?

HONOLULU — Was the inaugural East Asia Summit in Kuala Lumpur on Dec. 14 “much ado about nothing,” as many critics are already claiming, or the “historic event” its proponents say? It’s too soon to know. While it remains unclear what EAS will eventually ...

Dec 15, 2005

Time for a Yasukuni deal

HONOLULU — Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi remains in denial over the negative impact his continued visits to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine are having on Japanese and U.S. national security interests. South Korean President Roh Moo Hyun and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao just provided ...