Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- August 30, 2017

North Korea's official news agency distributed this photo, purportedly of the rocket launch. KCNA

Justin Bronk, BBC: North Korea: What are the military options?

President Trump has said "all options are on the table" after North Korea fired a missile over Japan. So what could military action against Kim Jong-un's regime actually look like?

As a ballistic missile passed over the Japanese island of Hokkaido residents were warned to take cover.

The launch was a provocative act, which has been followed by warnings from the North Korean regime that it was just a "first step".

The UN and several nations have imposed sanctions on North Korea, while President Trump said he was considering the next steps.

But while the US has unrivalled military strength, the range of options it actually has against the hermit country are limited.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- August 30, 2017

N. Korea's Hwasong-12 Launch: Disturbing Development -- Michael Elleman, 38 North

Kim’s latest: Why he did it and what to do about it -- Uwe parpart, Asia Times

Will North Korea make missiles over Japan the new normal? -- Kim Tong-Hyung, AP

Implications of the Hokkaido missile miss -- Stephen Bryen, Asia Times

Post-Apartheid South Africa Is Failing the People It Liberated -- Lynsey Chutel, Quartz

How Russia Can Help the United States Defuse the Korean Crisis -- Georgy Toloraya, 38 North

Brexit Is Beginning to Look Like No Brexit -- Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg View

Socialism Set Fire to Venezuela's Oil Crisis -- Julian Adorney, RealClearWorld

Why Lethal Aid Can't Help Ukraine -- Julie Thompson, National Interest

Trump’s Interest in India Sends China Strong Message -- Simon Palamar, Toronto Star

Talking Tough to Pakistan Is Not a New Strategy -- Daniel R. DePetris, National Interest

Trump’s Afghan policy riddled with flaws -- Hammal Kashani, Asia Times

Hurricane Harvey's Toll on Texas Energy -- Stratfor

A win for Trump’s gas diplomacy -- Agnia Grigas, Reuters

Calculating the Risk of Preventive War -- Max Boot, Strategika

Are we running out of fresh water? -- Katharina Wecker, DW

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