We increase the probability of a self-fulfilling prophecy of growing direct nuclear threats by merely opening the discussion of independent deterrents.
Ramesh Thakur is Professor in the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University; adjunct professor, Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law, Griffith University, and editor-in-chief of Global Governance from Jan. 1, 2013. He began writing for The Japan Times in 1998 as Vice Rector of the United Nations University.
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The focus should be on deterring Pyongyang from starting a war or committing acts of aggression, containing it, and constructing defensive shields.
Signing the nuclear weapons ban treaty would send a powerful message of the priority Tokyo gives nuclear disarmament.
The rapid deterioration of nuclear arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation pacts adds to the rising risk of the use of nuclear weapons.
India's decision to withdraw Kashmir's special status threatens to be the spark that starts a war.
The distance from hubris to delusion is short and the Trump administration is bent on covering it in a sprint in its India policy.
Rising tensions between China and the U.S. have put Japan in a uniquely privileged position vis-a-vis both countries.
False accusations of sexual assault have spawned the #MenToo movement in India, which demands gender-neutral laws and investigative procedures.
Blowing the whistle on state crimes is not a threat to national security; only to the reputation of ministers and generals.
There is little doubt about the Beijing spring of 1989 that called for greater openness, freedoms and democracy in China, or about its suppression. But there is a counter-narrative that receives no mention in the China-bashing mainstream media.