PacNet #20 – China, Nuclear Weapons, and Arms Control

This article is excerpted from the Chairmen’s Report of a roundtable jointly sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Defense University, and the Institute for Defense Analyses, and jointly authored by Robert A. Manning, Ronald Montaperto, and Brad Roberts.

PacNet #18 – Security and Stability in the Asia-Pacific Region (Part 1of 2)

The century we are leaving behind was a remarkable century – full of triumphs – and full of tragedies. The tragedies included the two most destructive wars in history, as well as a cold war. Indeed, if deterrence had not worked, the Cold War could have led to the supreme tragedy – a nuclear holocaust […]

PacNet #17 – Taiwanese Election Creates New Challenges for Japan on Cross-Straits Relations

The victory of Democratic Progressive Party leader Chen Shui-bian in Taiwan’s mid-March presidential election was hailed in the international press as a “democratic breakthrough” and a “peaceful revolution” since it overturned more than a half-century of rule by the once-dictatorial Kuomintang, or Nationalist Party. Tokyo might have been expected to look favorably on the transformation […]

PacNet #16 – Summit in Pyongyang: Breakthrough or Breakdown?

The dramatic announcement of an inter-Korean summit provides an opportunity to test the momentum created by North Korea’s pragmatic attempt to develop new relationships with the outside world. ROK President Kim Dae Jung’s Sunshine Policy has supported Pyongyang’s own apparent efforts to reach out to the international community. It is only fitting that North Korea […]

PacNet #15 – Comparative Connections Summary

The April 2000 Issue of Comparative Connections is now available:   Regional Overview: Autopilot Is Not Good Enough! U.S.-Japan Relations: The Security Treaty at 40 – Strong but with Complaints about Back Pain U.S.-China Relations: Taiwan Tops the Bilateral Agenda U.S.- Korea Relations: Staying on Course through Election Campaigns U.S.-Russia Relations: Putin’s Russia U.S.-ASEAN Relations: […]

PacNet #14 – Three Myths Affecting U.S. Policy Towards the DPRK and Congress’ Role

Myth #1: It is impossible to negotiate with North Korea   Ideologically hostile to the outside world, armed with ballistic missiles (perhaps loaded with chemical or biological agents), and capable of building nuclear weapons, North Korea is the world’s poster child for rogue regimes. The North’s aggressive military posture threatens American allies in the region […]

PacNet #13 – China-Taiwan: Wait and See

Now what? Now that Taiwan has elected Chen Shui-bian of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) as its next President, despite heavy-handed Chinese efforts to discourage such an outcome, what does Beijing do next?

PacNet #11 – ASEAN Must Speak with One Voice on the South China Sea

China’s claim to the South China Sea and its islets is so extreme that it is sometimes difficult to take seriously. But we in ASEAN should not underestimate the firmness with which China is pursuing its designs on the Spratlys. Nor should we underestimate the extent of domestic support for Beijing’s chauvinistic foreign policy. We […]