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  • Naoto Kan’s Remarks strain Relations with South Korea

    Kan’s statement about sending the SDF to the Korean peninsula to rescue Japanese citizens and people of Japanese origin in the event of an emergency has raised the spectre of a possible revival of Japanese militarism.

    December 20, 2010

    North Korea’s Artillery Attack on Yeonpyeongdo: Responses and Implications

    Both the revelation of a highly refined capacity for uranium enrichment and the shelling of South Korean military positions amply demonstrate Pyongyang’s preparedness to push the crisis to the extremes.

    November 30, 2010

    Korean Crisis: A case of repeated belligerence, limited options and antediluvian rules of engagement

    Because of America’s refusal to engage North Korea, by default the reclusive nation dictates the rules of engagement in its favour.

    November 29, 2010

    North Korea Shells South Korea – Is it Bait?

    North Korea’s intent appears to be to entice South Korea and the United States into resuming nuclear negotiations and to test their resolve.

    November 29, 2010

    North Korea – Construction of Nuclear Power Plant

    In the latest game of one-upmanship, North Korea has up the ante by announcing to the world that there is no stopping its nuclear development programme.

    November 18, 2010

    China relents but cannot stop North Korea from weapon proliferation

    China’s objection to the early release of a UN report on North Korea’s compliance with UN sanctions stemmed from its misplaced confidence in international diplomacy.

    November 12, 2010

    Power Transition in North Korea creates more uncertainty for future

    The power transition in North Korea is bound to produce more political intrigue in the coming months, with the junior Kim concentrating more on military modernization and nuclear programme to strengthen his position.

    October 13, 2010

    The Nuclear Posture Review: Not a Credible Game-Changer for Nuclear North Korea

    The Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) emphasis two realities, first the challenge of nuclear terrorism and proliferation; and second, it affirms the end of the Cold War rivalries. But the “resetting” of relationship with Moscow had created an enemy vacuum for the U.S. To fill this gap, North Korea has been constructed as an enemy which justifies the continuity of the “nuclear umbrella” in the Northeast Asian region. But as an asymmetrical, surrogate enemy it is actually the pretext to maintain ‘critical bases’ in Northeast Asia which functions as hubs for U.S. global military power projection.

    July 2010

    North Korea's Nuclear Issue: Security Implications for Asia

    The security environment of Asia is threatened by the nuclear weapons development programme by North Korea. Threats of economic sanctions by denying economic aid and resolutions by the UN Security Council to punish Kim Jong-il regime have only reinforced Pyongyang's resolve to pursue its chosen path. Not only the future of the Six-Party Talks seems uncertain, there seems to have little hope to bring the recalcitrant country to the negotiating table.

    April 2010

    Chinese and American Muscle-flexing in South-China Sea: Implications for India

    India has to calibrate its relationship with China, the US, and countries of East Asia with great circumspection in the wake of the resurfacing of tensions in the South China Sea.

    August 19, 2010