There is no magic solution to the North Korea Problem. But military action should be a last resort, reserved for preempting a direct and imminent threat that doesn’t presently exist. Washington must avoid triggering the Second Korean War.
The U.S.-South Korea alliance has outlived its usefulness. Instead of reassuring Seoul, the Trump administration should prepare to renegotiate the alliance, creating a looser but more equal cooperative military relationship. South Korea should take on responsibilities commensurate with its capabilities.
Extended nuclear deterrence always has been a risky proposition for the U.S. It means being willing to fight a nuclear war on behalf of others, that is, Americans would risk Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles to, say, defend Berlin and Tokyo.
Official Beijing’s unhappiness with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is evident, though China continues to bankroll the Kim Jong-un regime. It’s a position some Chinese would like to change, including a scholar in Shenyang, just a couple hours away from the North Korea - China border.
The North Koreans are threatening "a decisive and merciless countermeasure" because America has unleashed its most fearsome weapon on them: comedy Hollywood-style.
National security and foreign affairs commentator Doug Bandow riffs on the turmoil in North Korea, while making the serious point that no one is sure what to make of the execution of young leader Kim Jong-un’s uncle and one-time mentor Jang Song-taek.
The communist Democratic People's Republic of Korea has long has been the land of no good options, the geopolitical problem with no good answers. And the ongoing leadership transition—whether solidified or unsettled—isn’t likely to bring peace or stability to the region.