If foreign policy is all about optics, resonance to the domestic audience, and regime stability, Kim Jong-Un, Xi Jinping, and Moon Jae-In are toast.
The recent meeting of the Korean leaders and upcoming Trump-Kim summit in Singapore represent progress that most South Koreans assumed would be impossible to see in our lifetimes.
There are plenty of reasons to be suspicious that North Korea hasn’t fundamentally changed its goals, even if it has had to change its tactics.
If security is paramount for Kim, nuclear weapons might be his only hope of staving off regime change.
This is now Xi Jinping’s China and he has begun the process of making that official. With an unchecked Xi Jinping in China, the Red Dragon will go on the march.
Before you start popping champagne bottles or using white-out on your map of North and South Korea, let’s pause and consider what led to this announcement and its consequences.
The South’s acceptance of the North’s overtures without at least some acknowledgement from Pyongyang that it needs to disarm undermines America’s hard-line approach.
Rex Tillerson’s startling comments signal that Pyongyang is truly on the cusp of having a nuclear-capable intercontinental missile and that a military conflict might be fast approaching.
China’s insistence that U.S. surveillance flights constitute provocations is an attempt by Beijing to treat its assertion of sovereignty in the region as a fait accompli.
What’s most disturbing is that the judges’ decision is a capitulation not only to Islamic law but to the demands of the mob.
The security threat North Korea poses is undeniable, but what is less recognized is the link between human rights abuse and the Kim regime’s survival.
The first female chief of Hong Kong, Carrie Lam faces a tough road ahead. It has nothing to do with her experiences and ability, but everything to do with how she was selected.
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