Archive for September, 2013

Policy Alert: U.S.-Russia Agreement on Syria’s Chemical Weapons Spark Reaction in Asia

syria2On September 14, the United States and Russia reached a sweeping deal that called for Syria’s chemical weapons to be removed or destroyed by the middle of 2014, ending a political gridlock over American airstrikes that severely divided Washington and the international community. In this Policy Alert, we examine commentary from Russia, China, India, Japan, and South Korea on the U.S.-Russia agreement and Russia’s role in the negotiation process.

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Earlier in the month, President Putin’s New York Times op-ed to Americans on the Syrian crisis and U.S. Senator John McCain’s response to Putin in Russian newspaper Pravda evoked a flurry of analysis and opinion. (more…)

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Policy Alert: Asian Powers Respond to Potential Military Action in Syria

Mideast Jordan SyriaFollowing alleged chemical attacks on Syrians last month, U.S. President Barack Obama has called for punitive military strikes against Syria, generating enormous debate in both the United States and the international community on how to respond. In this Policy Alert, we examine commentary from Russia, China, India, Japan, and South Korea on the implications of possible U.S. military action against Syria.

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Opposing U.S. military strikes against Syria without UN approval, the Russian government urged Syria to place its chemical weapons under international control, stressing the need for a diplomatic, political solution. Commentators generally supported the government’s decision to seek a diplomatic solution, but were at odds over whether negotiations will succeed.

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Policy Brief: How the Pakistan Military Learned to Love the Bomb

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Pakistan is undergoing a period of unprecedented transition after recent elections marked the first time two civilian governments succeeded each other peacefully. The new prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, last held that position when Islamabad tested its first nuclear weapons. While civilian leaders were historically the primary drivers behind the decision to pursue nuclear weapons (something not widely known), the Pakistani military gradually came to value these weapons and eventually dominate the country’s nuclear debate.

Will Pakistan’s emerging civilian government again grapple with control over nuclear decisionmaking? This Policy Brief by Christopher Clary – Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the RAND Corporation and a participant in the Rising Powers Initiative’s Nuclear Debates in Asia project – provides an understanding of how control over the Pakistani nuclear arsenal evolved over time and what the future might hold should the civilian government continue to consolidate its power.

 

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