Q1: What did North Korea launch?
Last year the Congress established the National Commission on the Future of the Army (NCFA) in an attempt to resolve what might be called a civil war within the Army. The commission published its final report on January 28, 2016. Here’s a quick look at where the commission came from, what it found and recommended, and the views of CSIS experts on how well the commission did.
The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won a landslide victory in Taiwan’s presidential and legislative elections on Saturday, January 16, ousting the Kuomintang (KMT) from office. President-elect Tsai Ing-wen’s DPP has traditionally leaned in favor of independence from China, but Tsai, a 59 year old lawyer, has pledged to maintain the status quo in cross-Strait relations.
Washington awoke on January 14 to news that a series of explosions and gunfire in the bustling Indonesian capital Jakarta, a city of more than 10 million, left at least seven dead and many more injured. Reports indicate that fighters linked to the terrorist group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Q1: Was the official statement by China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs particularly harsh?
On January 5, 2016, reports of an unusual seismic event close to a known nuclear test site in North Korea (Punggye-ri) were followed by official Korean news statements that North Korea had successfully tested a hydrogen bomb.
Today North Korea claimed to have successfully tested its first hydrogen bomb. Though experts have not verified this claim, it corresponds to a 5.1 magnitude seismic event recorded on Tuesday. The purported test, which would signify a significant increase in North Korea’s nuclear capability, has been widely condemned by world leaders.
This year, the world marks International Migrants Day, December 18th, as historic numbers of people are on the move – toward cities, across borders and abroad. Urbanization is occurring at a record pace – especially across Africa and Asia.
On Tuesday, the city of Beijing issued the “red alert” over air pollution levels in the country’s capital. The highest level of air quality alert came as the United Nations climate talks entered the second week in Paris, where the Chinese government under President Xi Jinping has demonstrated an unprecedented level of openness to discussing the global challenge of climate change.
Quickly after the November 13 Paris attacks, France’s President François Hollande invoked the European Union’s mutual defense clause and asked its European partners for solidarity. He embarked on a diplomatic offensive to strengthen Europe’s contribution to the existing U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State.