With well over 2 million tags on Twitter and Facebook, the #BringBackOurGirls social media campaign has catapulted the kidnapping of 276 girls from their school in Chibok, Nigeria, by Boko Haram onto the world stage.
Amidst recent debate about Indonesia’s policy in the South China Sea, late last month Commander of the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) Gen. Moeldoko published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal addressing this issue head on.
The Pacific Forum CSIS, in partnership with the Myanmar Institute of Strategic and International Studies (MISIS), and with support from the US Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Strategic Programme Fund (FCO/SPF), held the 1st Myanmar-US/UK Nonproliferation Dialogue in Yangon, Myanmar on Feb.
The main talking point of President Barack Obama’s visit to Japan on 23-24 April has been his declaration that the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands are subject to Article 5 of the Japan-US Security Treaty.
President Obama’s recent Asia tour had important achievements, but if one asks if it genuinely strengthened mutual trust between Japan and the United States, particularly between Prime Minister Abe and President Obama, too many problems remain to give a clear affirmative answer.
It has not happened yet, but expectations are already enormous. A massive strategic and economic shift is expected to result from Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to China in May.
Security problems in the Pacific Island countries are many and complex. The island states of Oceania face rapidly evolving and increasingly complex security challenges, some traditional and others less so, including poor maritime domain awareness, the uncertain effects of climatic change, high susceptibility to natural disasters, and pandemic diseases.
Last year marked the 60th anniversary of the ROK-US alliance as well as the Korean War armistice. Next year will mark 70 years of Korean independence, but at the same time, national division. The division of the Korean Peninsula was the result of a reckless compromise between great powers based on short-term tactical expediency rather than long-term strategic vision.
China’s regional diplomacy has a schizophrenic quality.
This month's edition of the International Security Program's electronic publication includes:
Is Nuclear Weapons Modernization Affordable?
By Clark Murdock
Localizing Development Assistance to Enhance Effectiveness
By Robert Lamb
The End of Moore's Law...No Really This Time