Category Archives: Politics and Economics

The Trump-Kim Snapchat Summit: All Selfies, No Substance.

North Korea has not moved an inch from its conception of denuclearisation at the Singapore Summit. More substantive progress requires ending the obsession for complete and irreversible denuclearisation. The Singapore Summit meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un has come … Continue reading

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Korean Denuclearisation and the Possibility of North Korean Political Reform

There aren’t two competing ideas of denuclearisation, probably not even one conception, and could North Korea reform politically? The Kim-Trump Summit Is a go, and what will become of it is highly uncertain. Indeed, it is possible that the summit … Continue reading

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The Road to Denuclearisation in Korea: Strategic Stability and Minimum Deterrence Now, Denuclearisation Through Economic Leverage Later

Rather than focus on denuclearisation the emphasis for now should be on mutual and balanced conventional force reductions on the Korean peninsula. Washington’s economic clout gives it leverage to demand denuclearisation thereafter. Denuclearisation continues to dominate the airwaves, with President … Continue reading

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What Kim Jong Un and Ronald Reagan Share in Common: Supply Side Economics Nuclear Style

Pyongyang has told us to look more closely at the resolution of April’s Central Committee plenum. Doing so sheds much light on Kim’s supply side economics. North Korea just keeps pulling you in even amidst a desire to write of … Continue reading

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Trump’s JCPOA Language Game: The Strategic Logic to JCPOA Withdrawal

Most commentary on the US withdrawal from the JCPOA, at least from the sane end of the spectrum, has made the point, firstly, that it is not based on a firm strategy, that it more reflects the warped impulses of … Continue reading

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Who Lost Korea? The Third Inter Korean Summit

The much anticipated Third Inter Korean Summit, this time between Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in, has concluded amid much fanfare and some quite spectacular imagery. The first two Inter Korean summits proved, ultimately, to be failures and whether it will … Continue reading

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US-European Airstrikes Against Syria, the Offence-Defence Balance, and the Left

The war in Syria is simply an obscenity, waged by weak and miserable men. That observation is how any discussion on developments in Syria should proceed, and so it is that I begin this discussion of the April 14 air … Continue reading

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Russia Reportedly Tests Nudol ASAT Weapon

Doubtless we have all seen the report of a sixth test by Russia of the Nudol, which the United States intelligence community assesses to be a direct ascent anti-satellite weapon or ASAT. The report comes to us courtesy of Ankit … Continue reading

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Of Reform and Revolution: The Case of John Maynard Keynes

To imagine the ideal society is easy, to bring it about is hard. That is as true as it is cruel, and it is a dilemma that revolutionaries have faced from time immemorial. One aspect of that dilemma is the … Continue reading

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Tailored Deterrence and Nuclear War Fighting in the Trump Administration’s Leak Draft Nuclear Posture Review.

I have long argued that the concept of tailored deterrence will constitute the core of the Trump administration’s Nuclear Posture Review, and it appears that my contention was indeed correct. The Trump administration’s Nuclear Posture Review has been much anticipated, … Continue reading

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