Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- January 12, 2018

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un offered an olive branch during his traditional New Year's Day speech. Photo: Reuters/KCNA

Peter J. Brown, Asia Times: North Korea fuels arms, missile, anti-missile race in region and beyond

Despite the Olympic breather, Pyongyang’s threats are prompting new deployments and upping interest in new technologies

The recent olive branch extended by North Korea does not defuse Northeast Asia’s security crisis; the region remains in the midst of a dual missile and anti-missile defense race. Many US military leaders see North Korea’s Winter Olympics participation as nothing more than a breathing space, buying dictator Kim Jong-un extra time to work up his missile and nuclear weapons programs.

Regional uncertainties were underscored by one sentence uttered on New Year’s Day by Kim: “The [North Korean] nuclear-weapons research sector and the rocket industry should mass-produce nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles.” This stark reminder of Kim’s goal overshadows all future diplomacy.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- January 12, 2018

The risk bombing North Korea holds for US interests in Asia -- Stephen Bryen, Asia Times

North Korea's Rebuke of the Status Quo -- Michael Heazle, Interpreter

Turkey Breaks With Iran and Russia -- Jacob L. Shapiro, Geopolitical Futures

Crisis Alert: Iran's Population Is under Duress, and America Isn't Helping -- Emma M. Ashford, National Interest

Balance of Power, Balance of Resolve: How Iran is Competing with the United States in the Middle East -- Alex Deep, Modern War Institute

Could ISIL stage a comeback? -- Megan O'Toole, Al Jazeera

Can the ‘Indo-Pacific’ compete with China? -- Tetsuo Kotani, Japan Times

Macron, Not Merkel, Is Europe's Most Powerful Leader -- Ronald Tiersky, RCW

Those Who Wrote Off Merkel Were Wrong Again -- Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

Here's What's in Store for U.S.-Russia Relations -- Dave Majumdar, National Interest

Why relations between Slovenia and Croatia are all at sea -- The Economist

Latin America is poised for a turnaround in 2018 -- Jerry Haar, Miami Herald

Argentina's Macri Has a Tough Road Ahead -- Mac Margolis, Bloomberg

The World Is Reacting to Trump's Words—Not His Actions -- Christopher A. Preble, National Interest

Silicon Valley Will Pay the Price for Its Lefty Leanings -- Megan McArdle, Bloomberg

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