Policy Forum

Nautilus Institute’s Policy Forum‘s focus is on the timely publication of expert analysis and op-ed style pieces on the foremost of security-related issues to Northeast Asia. Its mission is to facilitate a multilateral flow of information among an international network of policy-makers, analysts, scholars, media, and readers. Policy Forum essays are typically from a wide range of expertise, political orientations, as well as geographic regions and seeks to present readers with opinions and analysis by experts on the issues as well as alternative voices not typically presented or heard. Feedback, comments, responses from Policy Forum readers are highly encouraged.

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Policy Forum 08-067: Denuclearization of the DPRK­A Role for the United Nations?

Anne Wu, an Associate with the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, writes, “A strengthened ‘good offices’ role for the UN secretary-general that couples the message of denuclearization with a humane, well-coordinated package of proposals that address the security, economic, energy, and humanitarian concerns of the DPRK could effectively serve to advance the six-party talks toward a successful conclusion.”

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Policy Forum 08-066: Visiting the Kaesong Industrial Complex

Suk Hi Kim, Editor of North Korean Review (www.northkoreanreview.com), writes, “the solution of information issues, such as communication, customs clearance, and passage for KIC investors, largely depends on North Korea. The solution of these two key issues will not only make KIC investors more competitive, but it will also alleviate tensions on the Korean peninsula as well as spurring the economic growth of the two countries.”

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China Civil Society Report: Mass Incidents in China

Policy Forum Online 08-065A: August 26th, 2008 China Civil Society Report: Mass Incidents in China By Yu Jianrong and Yu Debao CONTENTS I. Introduction II. Article by Yu Jianrong and Yu Debao III. Citations   I. Introduction Yu Jianrong, Research/Professor of Institute of Rural Development at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and Yu Debao, […]

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Policy Forum 08-064: President Lee Myongbak’s Learning Curve

Mikyoung Kim, Assistant Professor at Hiroshima City University – Hiroshima Peace Institute, writes, Mr. Lee leaves an impression that he rushed to declare himself different from his predecessor by ingratiating himself to our allies, and selling out Korea in the process. It is dangerous to reveal all your cards at once, given the precarious nature of international collaboration.

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Policy Forum 08-063: How A Mock Trial Could Turn Victory into Defeat on North Koreas Nuclear Arms

Leon V. Sigal, Director of the Northeast Asia Cooperative Security Project in New York and author of Disarming Strangers: Nuclear Diplomacy with North Korea, writes, Diplomatic give-and-take with North Korea is yielding payoffs for American and regional security. Turning the talks into a mock trial would only be a waste of time.

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Policy Forum 08-062: Vietnam’s Model for North Korea

Michael E. O’Hanlon, Senior Foreign Policy Fellow at the Brookings Institution, writes, “Our real carrots are not taking North Korea off terrorism and enemy watch lists; doing so provides little direct benefit to the reclusive regime. The carrots are aid, trade, investment and diplomatic contact. We need a strategy for how to offer these enticements to leaders in Pyongyang.”

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Policy Forum 08-061: Russia’s ‘Power Politics’ and North Korea

Leonid Petrov, Research Associate at the Australian National University, writes, “In this light, Russian-Korean relations can be seen as based on a solid footing and replete with opportunities that can benefit each of them. The new administrations in the Kremlin and Seoul’s “Blue House”, together with the new generation of leaders in Pyongyang, can radically change the political climate in the region. A simple strengthening of economic relationships between the three countries will contribute to the peaceful solution of the “Korean nuclear problem” and prepare the basis for durable peace and prosperity in Northeast Asia.”

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Policy Forum 08-060: Rocks of Contention: Dokdo/Liancourt/Takeshima

Mindy Kotler, director of Asia Policy Point (http://www.jiaponline.org), a Washington-based nonprofit, membership research center studying the US policy relationship in science, security, history, and global issues with Japan and East Asia, writes, “The U.S. alliances with both Japan and South Korea are important. However, the U.S. should not be asked to choose sides or to mediate. But neither should Washington continue its condescending attitude that this issue represents a mere emotional Asian distraction. These views are embedded in Japan’s and Korea’s politic. At some point a mere call for calm may not be enough.”

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Policy Forum 08-059: Lee Outflanked

Aidan Foster-Carter, honorary senior research fellow in sociology and modern Korea at Leeds University, England, writes, “Far from being in sync with U.S. policy, at this juncture, a North-South spat is no help to Washington. Rather it risked upsetting the applecart, just when Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill was trying to clinch the next stage of the long drawn out – five years, and counting – 6PT process.”

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Policy Forum 08-057: The South China Sea Hydra

Mark Valencia, a Maritime Policy Analyst and a Nautilus Institute Senior Associate, writes, “The South China Sea situation deserves renewed attention by ASEAN and perhaps the ARF. Moving forward to an agreement on a legally binding Code of Conduct for the South China Sea has become urgent.”

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