Friday, September 29, 2017

Commentaries, Analysis, and Editorials -- September 29, 2017

U.S. Air Force Photo by SrA Jacob Skovo

Crispin Rovere, RCD: North Korea: The Inevitability of War

This July I outlined the case for war against North Korea, contingent on the failure of diplomacy and Kim Jong-Un’s continued march towards a long-range nuclear ICBM capability.

Six weeks on North Korea has tested an ICBM, fired two missiles over Japan, and detonated a hydrogen bomb.

Events are unfolding as predicted. The strategic arguments are exhaustively interrogated in the four-part debate between myself and Dr. David Santoro (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4). The analysis remains unchanged, except to say that diplomatic avenues look bleak, time is running out, and the cost of war mounts daily as North Korea prepares and fortifies.

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Commentaries, Analysis, and Editorials -- September 29, 2017

War of the Dragons: Why North Korea Does't Trust China -- Franz-Stefan Gady, Diplomat

Why China Will Never Crackdown on North Korea -- Joseph A. Bosco, National Interest

Unravelling the riddle of the Kurds’ Iraqi pipedream -- Pepe Escobar, Asia Times

Why Is the West Arming Qatar? -- Joshua Yasmeh, RCD

A Field Trip to the Front Lines of the Qatar-Saudi Cold War -- Simon Henderson, Foreign Policy

Wheels and deals: trouble brewing in the House of Saud -- Pepe Escobar, Asia Times

How America Is Losing the Battle for the South China Sea -- Bill Bray, National Interest

19th Party Congress to be a monument to Xi Jinping -- Wu Zhong, Asia Times

Myanmar Rohingya hatred has roots in Buddhist nationalism -- Grant Peck, AP

Egypt's Nubia: Drowning by Government Decree -- Amy Austin Holmes, RCW

Macron's European Defense Doctrine -- Daniel Keohane, Carnegie Europe

The Catalan Cliff: Tensions are running high before the independence vote. -- Majo Siscar, Berlin Policy Journal

After a Dismal Start on Venezuela, Trump Attempts a Sharp Course Correction -- Frida Ghitis, WPR

Cuba-U.S. Reboot -- Bill Faries & Ezra Fieser, Bloomberg

Trump's Expanded Drone Wars -- Daniel R. DePetris, National Interest

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