The recent development and deployment of strategic missile defense systems in the Asia-Pacific have heightened security dilemmas in the region.
With the July 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action diminishing the near-term prospect of an Iranian nuclear bomb, most proliferation prognosticators would likely pick South Korea, Japan, or perhaps Taiwan as the next place that could opt to develop nuclear weapons.
North Korea’s most recent missile launch highlights the advancement of the country’s weapons program and the urgent need for U.S.-China cooperation to address this growing regional security threat.
China might soon start construction of its first big breeder reactor, with questions remaining to answer on plant design, fuel, and the future direction of the country's fast reactor program.
North Korea test-fired a missile on the morning of February 12, a primary objective of which was to improve the survivability of its nuclear weapons and missiles. But it also seems that North Korea had other goals in mind when testing this new mobilized solid-fuel missile.
As the nuclear weapon states face increasing international pressure to make new progress on disarmament, signing and ratifying a treaty for a nuclear free zone in the Asia-Pacific should be a top priority.
President-Elect Donald Trump appears to have drawn a red line against North Korea’s acquiring the capability to threaten the United States with a nuclear-armed ballistic missile. Can he enforce it?
China should not be destabilized by President-elect Trump’s threats of an arms race. Instead, it needs to prioritize its own goal of increasing its retaliatory capability through weapon modernization.
Threats to Asian regional security, notably in the Korean Peninsula and the South China Sea, call for a collaborative effort between United States and China amidst increasing tensions.
India’s growing space and anti-satellite technologies will have important implications in South Asia and beyond. How countries respond to these technologies could impact the existing nuclear balance in the region.