The Korean Dispute over the Northern Limit Line: Economics, International Law, and Security
An International Security Program (ISP) Brown Bag Seminar with ISP/Project on Managing the Atom Research Fellow Terence Roehrig on Thursday, December 12, at 12:15 PM in the Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369.
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By Evelyn Krache Morris, Research Fellow, International Security Program
"The cartels, along with the violence and corruption they perpetrate, are threats to both Mexico and the United States. The problem is a complicated one and taps areas of profound policy disagreement. The way to make progress in combating the DTOs is to ignore issues like gun control and illegal immigration and follow the money. Stanching the cartels' profits will do more to end the bloodshed than any new fence or law."
December 3, 2013
By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program
"Israel's focus over the coming months, however, should be on an attempt to conduct an intensive and discrete dialogue with the United States and other powers involved, to ensure that the final agreement is the best one possible, given the circumstances. Unfortunately, there will not be a knockout blow and Israel will probably have to continue living with an ongoing, if greatly diminished, Iranian threat. Not the outcome we sought, but apparently better than the alternatives."
December 3, 2013
By Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor
"A quick resolution of the Senkaku Islands dispute, or of Japan's lower-profile conflict with South Korea over the Korean-controlled Liancourt Rocks, is improbable, but Japan could be more proactive. For example, by stating their willingness to take any territorial disputes to the International Court of Justice, Japanese authorities could help to dispel perceptions of militarism."
November 29, 2013
By Tong Zhao, Stanton Nuclear Security Predoctoral Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom
"if both the top-down and bottom-up methods of trust building are never going to be risk free, is there a more plausible third option? For example, what if Washington and Beijing forget about trust-building and instead opt for a relationship based on mutual deterrence? Unfortunately, the risks of this option — arms racing, a return to a Cold War-like MAD doctrine, and forever teetering on the brink of conventional conflict — might not just upend US-China relations, they might sabotage regional and global security as well."
November 29, 2013
"In an environment where terrorist organizations are active and statehood is fragile, physical protection of WMD materials and facilities is crucial to regional security. The importance of arms control in the Middle East is clear, and the establishment of a WMD-free zone in the region is urgent."
November 26, 2013
By Abbas Maleki, Associate, International Security Program
"We must keep our eyes on the future. Iran should abide by the commitments it has accepted as per the recent agreement. [Iranian officials] should not be dismayed by political positions taken and remarks made by certain officials of other countries even if they are against the very spirit of the agreement. Every political official in any country is faced with their own limitations. Therefore, saving the face of the opposite parties should be considered as part of the Iranians' hospitality tradition. It takes long and serious negotiations before the relations between Iran and the United States can be normalized."
November 25, 2013
The Huffington Post
By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program
"The Obama Administration is on the way to becoming the peacemaking presidency, after having been handed down two wars (Iraq and Afghanistan) and having been urged to start two others (Syria and Iran). The way the President handled these challenges should ease the way for Hillary Clinton in 2016, should she decide to run."