When Allies Get Nervous

When Allies Get Nervous

In a nuclear world, nuclear weapons are needed to deter major attacks, but who should possess these instruments of deterrence? Today the challenge of keeping nonnuclear states from going nuclear may be growing, perhaps nowhere quite as much as in northeast Asia…

South Korea Increases National Defense Budget

South Korea Increases National Defense Budget

According to South Korea’s revised mid-term national defense budget, the country plans to increase its spending to 238.2 trillion won (US$210 billion) in order to improve its military force between…

THAAD to ROK to be Accelerated

During a hearing a before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, Daniel Russel, Assistant Secretary in the State Department’s Bureau of East Asian and…

Nuclear Option Weighed by ROK Lawmakers

Nuclear Option Weighed by ROK Lawmakers

North Korea’s fourth nuclear test has provoked renewed calls among leading South Korean lawmakers for South Korea to obtain its own nuclear deterrent force. Public opinion has also become more supportive of a nuclear-armed South Korea.