Asian Perspective

Provides articles on global, regional, and transnational issues affecting Northeast Asia.

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 4, 2008

A Maritime Security Regime for Northeast Asia
The Six Party Talks can be the crucible for forging a regional security mechanism in Northeast Asia. This mechanism should originally focus on maritime security. The rationale includes the region's geography, competing maritime and island claims, the...
America's Failed North Korea Nuclear Policy: A New Approach
America's North Korea nuclear policy has been a failure. Instead of achieving its goal of preventing North Korea from possessing and proliferating nuclear weapons, it has had the opposite effect. This failure was a result of the George W. Bush administration's...
China and the United States: Responsible Stakeholder or Emerging Threat?
The election campaign produced nary a word about China. Rest assured, once the new administration is in place, we will be hearing a great deal about the "China challenge." The central question has not changed: whether to engage China on equal terms,...
Designing a Mechanism for Multilateral Security Cooperation in Northeast Asia
The current Six Party Talks on the North Korean nuclear programs provide an opportunity to build new and unprecedented multilateral arrangements to enhance strategic stability and security in Northeast Asia, historically one of the most volatile regions...
Diplomacy of Defiance and Facilitation: The Six Party Talks and the Roh Moo Hyun Government
The second North Korean nuclear crisis, which was triggered by controversy over its alleged highly enriched uranium (HEU) program in October 2002, continues. Despite its roller-coaster trajectory, the Six Party Talks (6PT) process has paved the way for...
Introduction to the Special Issue, North Korea and Regional Security
This edited series of essays draws in part from discussions and papers presented at a Workshop on North Korea and Regional Security held April 15-16, 2008 in Seoul. Other papers were solicited to fill substantive gaps in coverage. The content begins...
Searching for a Northeast Asian Peace and Security Mechanism
The process of exploring a Northeast Asian peace and security mechanism should be based on realism and historical institutionalism. One of the preconditions for formal institutions is great-power balance, thus the role of the United States as the balancer...
The Six Party Talks: A Chinese Perspective
The Six Party Talks on North Korean nuclear issues have been ongoing since August 2003. They have not prevented North Korea from having nuclear weapons. Nevertheless, the goal to denuclearize the Korean peninsula has been agreed upon by all six countries,...
The Six Party Talks: A Russian Perspective
Russia has had a consistent policy of promoting a nuclear-free Korean peninsula, opposing resolution of the nuclear issue through pressure or sanction, supporting a multilateral process and solution, promoting adherence to Non-Proliferation Treaty rules,...