Hermit Kingdom Hypnosis

We must not let North Korea’s repetitive behavior erode our vigilance.   Earlier this month, North Korea tested a new anti-ship missile and launched five short-ranged ballistic missiles in to the Sea of Japan. Characteristically, these launches were preceded by North Korean threats via its Central News Agency. After claiming to have miniaturized nuclear warhead …

We Know Nothing About North Korea

IAN WILLIAMS To guard against an enigmatic adversary, we cannot afford to leave any tools on the table. The 40-day disappearance of Kim Jong Un had the world caught up in wild speculation. Had he been overthrown? Was his sister now running the country? Did he eat too much cheese? Based on his reemergence in the …

Patch up Asian-Pacific BMD

HARRISON MENKE Why the United States shouldn’t rest easy on Pacific BMD This summer, U.S. ballistic missile defenses (BMD) notched a key achievement in the Asian-Pacific. Rather than on the target range however, this time the success came from the diplomatic front. In August, Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel …

Options and Objectives for the Iranian Nuclear Negotiations

ABEL ROMERO Given the advanced state of the Iranian nuclear program, it seems that there are few feasible options for preventing Iran from acquiring a weapon. No deal would prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear state, but it’s still possible to slow progress and shrink the breakout window. Given the circumstances, the best option going forward …