Celebrating Destruction

Celebrating Destruction

Our wartime commemorations are the functional equivalent of mounting the heads of our victims on pikes. Are we surprised that others celebrate bloodshed when we do the same?

Pivotal Election in Okinawa

Pivotal Election in Okinawa

Okinawans are going to the polls to register their opposition to a military base plan supported by both Tokyo and Washington.

Clash of the East Asian Titans

Clash of the East Asian Titans

China and Japan are at loggerheads. As columnist Conn Hallinan explains, rising nationalism and persistent U.S. militarism lie behind the crisis.

Panel Discussion: Military Spending in Northeast Asia

The world spent $1.5 trillion on the military in 2008. Nearly 70 percent of that money was spent by the countries involved in the Six Party Talks (United States, China, Russia, Japan, South Korea, and North Korea). The region of Northeast Asia is full of conflict. It is also full of the world’s most sophisticated weapons. And all of the countries are adding to these arsenals every day.

Revolution in Japan

Japan is on the verge of a political revolution, and the ripples might transform Asia as well.

After the Sunshine Generation

The death of Kim Dae Jung, the suicide of Roh Moo Hyun, and the illness of Kim Jong Il all point to the end of a generation committed to North-South engagement.

North Korea’s ‘Papillon’

The test of a first-rate policy toward North Korea is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time — the horror of the labor camps and the imperative of political engagement — and still retain the ability to function.

Dealing with North Korea’s Tests

Coming up with the proper response to North Korea’s recent actions requires a careful assessment of Pyongyang motivations and regional geopolitics.

Korean Tragedies

North Korea’s nuclear test and Roh Moo-Hyun’s suicide have both cast a shadow on inter-Korean cooperation. But engagement is needed now more than ever.

The G-2 Paradox

China and the United States should definitely be talking more about economic and environmental issues. But they also need to talk about reducing their military spending and avoiding a new cold war.