Last week, Venezuela was elected to a temporary seat on the UN Security Council (UNSC) as the representative of Latin America and the Caribbean.
On October 21, the U.S. State Department confirmed North Korea’s release of Jeffrey Fowle, one of the three Americans who have been detained in the country. Mr. Fowle has been charged for “acting in violation of DPRK law” and was taken into custody on June 6 by North Korean authorities after leaving a copy of a Bible in a hotel in Chongjin.
Following a surprise visit by the North Korean top officials to South Korea last Saturday, the two Koreas exchanged rounds of gun fire across the border yesterday on October 10.
On October 8, the U.S. and Japanese governments issued an interim report on a review of the guidelines for bilateral defense cooperation. The guidelines were first introduced in 1978 to clarify alliance priorities for the defense of Japan during the Cold War and then updated in 1997 with added emphasis on regional security.
On October 4, a delegation of eleven top North Korean officials, including the supposed no. 2 and no. 3 ranking leaders in the party and military, paid an unannounced visit to Incheon, South Korea to attend the closing ceremonies of the 17th Asian Games.
The past eight months or so have seen much of the international community focusing on the unfolding crisis in Ukraine, as countries and international organizations alike have struggled to respond. Over the summer, the United States and the European Union began a process of imposing sanctions on Russia in an effort to dissuade Vladimir Putin’s further escalation of the conflict.
North Korea announced on Sunday, September 14 that 24 year-old American Matthew Todd Miller from Bakersfield, California was sentenced to six years of hard labor by the Supreme Court of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, also known as North Korea).
Top U.S. Air Force (USAF) leaders convene this week in the Washington, DC area for the Air Force Association Air and Space Conference. The annual conference gathers active duty and retired uniformed and civilian USAF officials, defense analysts, defense companies, the media, and foreign allies and partners.
On Wednesday night, President Obama outlined a four-point strategy to contend with ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant), the extremist hybrid militia now operating in Iraq and Syria. While formidable, ISIL is only one symptom of an ongoing—often illiberal and violent—revolution against traditional Middle Eastern authority structures.
On Friday September 5, a ceasefire between the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatist rebels in the east of the country (mainly Donestk and Luhansk oblasts) went into effect, following the meeting in Minsk of a “contact group” representing Ukraine, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and Russia.