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March 20, 2020

South Korea
Military Considerations for OPCON Transfer on the Korean Peninsula

Military considerations, not political aspirations, should guide the transfer. 

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and South Korea's National Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo participate in a news conference at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, on February 24, 2020.

March 17, 2020

South Korea
The U.S.-ROK Alliance in an Era of Uncertainty: Challenges and Priorities

Strengthening South Korea’s alliance with the United States begins with a return to strong shared values and principles based on the common systems of liberal democracy and market economy.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in visit the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, in Panmunjom, South Korea, on June 30, 2019.

March 10, 2020

South Korea
The United States and South Korea Are Unprepared for Real Burden-Sharing Negotiations

2020 may prove to be a critical year for the U.S.-South Korea alliance.

James DeHart, senior adviser for security negotiations at the U.S. State Department, speaks after meeting with his South Korean counterpart on the Special Measures Agreement (SMA) in Seoul, South Korea, on November 19, 2019.

March 4, 2020

South Korea
Advancing South Korean Capabilities for the Future: Procurement or Research and Development?

South Korea can use indigenous capabilities to meet many of its goals, but will also need to procure some systems necessary for its self-defense into the future.

Members of U.S. and South Korean Special Forces take part in a joint military exercise conducted at Gunsan Air Force Base in Gunsan, South Korea, on November 12, 2019.

February 27, 2020

South Korea
Burden-Sharing in the U.S.-South Korea Alliance: Finding Balance

The purpose, intent, and rationale of OPCON transition must be properly explained to the South Korean and American publics.

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and South Korean Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo pose ahead of a meeting at the Defense Ministry in Seoul, South Korea, on August 9, 2019.

February 24, 2020

South Korea
Don't Gut the U.S.-South Korea Alliance

The OPCON transition plan should be put on the back burner or, better yet, scrapped altogether.

Members of South Korean and U.S. Special Forces enter a CH-47 Chinook during a joint military exercise conducted in Gangwon province, South Korea, on November 7, 2019.

December 13, 2019

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: The National Defense Authorization Act

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: the National Defense Authorization Act, Latin America, and climate change.

F/A-18F Super Hornets launch from the USS Enterprise in the Red Sea.

November 27, 2019

Hong Kong
U.S. Policy Options for Hong Kong

After six months of escalating police violence and protester resistance, matters in Hong Kong have come to a head. Now is the time for Washington to ensure that all sides know that the United States …

Protesters raise their hands outside Polytechnic University in Hong Kong.

November 15, 2019

Tanzania
Tanzania, Where Magufuli Is Waging a War on Democracy

During the four year tenure of President Magufuli, the country has move toward full-on authoritarianism. On November 7, a Magistrates Court in Tanzania postponed for the seventh time the case of journalist Erick Kabendera, who has voiced criticism of the country’s president, John Pombe Magufuli. After initially being violently abducted from his home and later investigated over his citizenship status, Mr. Kabendera is now facing a host of economic charges, including “assisting an organized crime racket” and money laundering. 

Tanzanian investigative journalist Erick Kabendera arrives, flanked by security, at the Kisutu Residents Magistrate Court