Commentary - Asia

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China's North Korean Calculations


The New York Times, Jan-06-2011 | Article

When President Obama hosts the Chinese president, Hu Jintao, in Washington later this month, North Korea is certain to be high on the agenda. But as in the past, Beijing is likely to use its leverage with Pyongyang only if a major war threatens. ... Read More »

Drawing a Line in the Water


NY Times, Dec-12-2010 | Article

THE crisis in the Yellow Sea, which was set off by the North Korean shelling of South Korea’s Yeonpyeong Island last month, is probably mystifying to many Americans. ... Read More »

U.S. Must Stabilize Chinese Relations


Politico, Sep-30-2010 | Article

As fears of a prolonged recession grow, so does the need to stabilize U.S. economic relations with China. ... Read More »

China's Discreet Hold on Pakistan's Northern Borderlands


International Herald Tribune, Aug-26-2010 | Article

While the world focuses on the flood-ravaged Indus River valley, a quiet geopolitical crisis is unfolding in the Himalayan borderlands of northern Pakistan, where Islamabad is handing over de facto control of the strategic Gilgit-Baltistan region in the northwest corner of disputed Kashmir to China.... Read More »

How to Leave Afghanistan Without Losing


Foreign Policy, Aug-25-2010 | Article

As prospects for an early U.S.-NATO military victory in Afghanistan fade and pressures for the withdrawal of U.S. combat forces grow, the ... Read More »

Barack hasn't Banned the Bomb


Le Monde Diplomatique, Apr-06-2010 | Article

Although the Nobel peace prize committee believed Barack Obama is passionately committed to nuclear downsizing, if not disarmament, the US president may be no more successful in controlling the hawks than he was with the banks and, for a long time, the health insurers... Read More »

The Other Islamist Threat in Pakistan


The Boston Globe, Jun-17-2009 | Article

The danger of an Islamist takeover of Pakistan is real. But it does not come from the Taliban guerrillas now battling the Pakistan Army in the Swat borderlands.... Read More »

Bill Richardson or Al Gore?


The Hankyoreh, May-15-2009 | Article

Diplomatic scenarios for negotiating the release of two captured U.S. journalists now held in North Korea focus on proposed visits by Richardson, the governor of New Mexico, and former Vice President Gore, who founded Current TV, which the journalists represent.... Read More »

Normalize and disarm


NY Times, Oct-29-2008 | Article

North Korea blinked first in its latest diplomatic showdown with the United States. In return for its... Read More »

India’s Terrorist Problem


Newsweek, Oct-17-2008 | Article

The main focus of the Bush administration's war on terror has been countering the threat posed by ... Read More »

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