• Heritage Action
  • More

Northeast Asia

Our Research & Offerings on Northeast Asia
  • Posted on May 12, 2014 by Olivia Enos What Can Be Done About Human Rights in North Korea?

    The recent release of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea (COI) confirmed that the...…

  • Posted on November 19, 2013 by Youngho Kim North Korea Offers Lessons for Iran Nuclear Talks

    Recent negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program failed to reach a comprehensive agreement. U.S. Secretary of State John...…

  • Posted on October 23, 2013 by Olivia Enos Time to Prepare for a North Korean Collapse

    collapse is imminently going to occur, what I am trying to argue is that we need to be…

  • Posted on April 1, 2013 by Nick Zahn The Danger of Defense Cuts: North Korea Just a Reminder

    Amidst increased sequestration cuts and North Korean threats of hostility, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel...…

  • White Paper posted July 17, 2012 by Walter Lohman, John Fleming, Robert Warshaw Key Asian Indicators: A Book of Charts

    America’s Enduring Leadership in Asia America has been engaged in Asia since a few decades after securing its independence. Its early interest is documented in the 1833 Treaty on Amity and Commerce between the U.S. and the Kingdom of Siam Thailand), and later in the market-opening 1854 Treaty of Kanagawa with Japan. The U.S. has, in fact, been a “resident…

  • Posted on March 27, 2012 by Bruce Klingner Don’t Downsize U.S. Forces in Northeast Asia

    President Obama’s much-vaunted “Asia Pivot” provides a much-needed emphasis on a region that is critical to U.S....…

  • Testimony posted November 3, 2011 by Bruce Klingner The Expanding U.S. – Korea Alliance: Protecting Freedom and Democracy in Asia

    My name is Bruce Klingner. I am Senior Research Fellow for Northeast Asia at The Heritage Foundation. The views I express in this testimony are my own, and should not be construed as representing any official position of The Heritage Foundation. It has been said that the U.S. – Republic of Korea alliance was “forged in blood.” That is surely true, because the true…

  • WebMemo posted May 18, 2011 by Bruce Klingner Proposed Re-Realignment for Northeast Asia Ignores Strategic Realities

    Senate Armed Services Committee chairman Carl Levin (D–MI), ranking member John McCain (R–AZ), and Senator Jim Webb (D–VA) have called on the United States to overhaul two complex military realignment agreements with South Korea and Japan. Their proposals would undermine years of carefully crafted diplomacy that achieved U.S. strategic objectives and resolved contentious…

  • White Paper posted January 14, 2011 by Walter Lohman, John Fleming, Nicholas Hamisevicz Key Asian Indicators: A Book of Charts

    The global financial crisis has had a major impact on perceptions of American power and its relationships in Asia. Many of the perceptions are not founded on facts. Among the facts often overlooked: American companies invest far more abroad than does all of Asia combined. For every dollar the U.S. has invested in China it has invested two in Australia…

  • WebMemo posted March 11, 2010 by Bruce Klingner New North Korean Missile Unit Reflects Growing Missile Threat

    North Korea has established an independent military division responsible for controlling and deploying its intermediate-range ballistic missiles (IRBMs).[1] Known as the Musudan,[2] these IRBMs are a strategic-level asset controlled by the senior leadership. Little is known about the missile, but U.S. assessments consider it to be a single-stage, road-mobile IRBM with a…

Find more work on Northeast Asia
  • WebMemo posted June 20, 2006 by Balbina Y. Hwang, Ph.D. A North Korean Missile Test: Implications for the U.S. and theRegion

    According to international intelligence reports, for the last five weeks, North Korea has been steadily moving towards a test launch of the Taepodong 2, an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) with a range up to 6,000 kilometers - enough to reach Alaska. Satellite intelligence reveals that Pyongyang has loaded booster rockets onto a launch pad in Musuduan-ri, in…

  • Commentary posted September 4, 2009 by Kim R. Holmes, Ph.D. The End of an Era in Japan?

    Sixty-four years ago this week, the Japanese formally surrendered to Allied forces on the USS Missouri, ending World War II. Thus began a long era in U.S.-Japanese relations characterized by a shared strategic vision and broad cooperation on security. That era may be over. This past weekend's elections ended five decades of dominance by the Liberal Democratic…

  • Commentary posted July 8, 2009 by Peter Brookes Flashpoint: The Great Wall Goes to Sea

    Militarily, China has not been well-known for its navy. The Army has long been the dominant service in the People's Republic of China (PRC), a country celebrating the 60th anniversary of its founding by Mao Zedong in 1949. In fact, despite being known as the "Great Helmsman," Mao was so focused on the Army after taking power that it was not until 1953 that he…

  • WebMemo posted June 2, 2006 by Balbina Y. Hwang, Ph.D. Local Elections in the ROK: What It Means for the U.S.

    In nationwide local elections held on May 31 in South Korea, the main opposition Grand National Party (GNP) achieved an overwhelming victory. It won 11 of 16 provincial governor and major city mayor seats, including Seoul's, by a large margin. The ruling Uri Party's resounding defeat is a setback for President Roh Moo Hyun who has been struggling with low approval…

  • WebMemo posted October 9, 2006 by Michael A. Needham Nuclear Test Calls for Active Intolerance of North Korean Regime

    The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has once again raised the stakes in its showdown with the rest of the world by announcing it successfully conducted a test of a nuclear weapon on October 8. It is not a surprise that the DPRK has a nuclear weapon-United States intelligence estimates have shown for some time now that the DPRK possesses at least one or…

  • WebMemo posted January 23, 2006 by Anthony B. Kim, Daniella Markheim Time to Put a U.S.-South Korea Free Trade Agreement on the Fast-Track Agenda

    After months of effort, South Korea has reportedly advanced to the last stages of discussions on beginning formal negotiations with the United States to strike a free trade agreement (FTA). An FTA with South Korea would advance the interests of U.S. businesses and consumers, expand trade and investment opportunities with a close ally, and reaffirm America's…

  • Backgrounder posted March 26, 2002 by Balbina Y. Hwang, Ph.D., Brett D. Schaefer Addressing the Looming Financial Crisis in Japan

    As March 31 approaches, Japan faces critical decisions regarding the future of its economy. This deadline, which marks the end of the financial year, is crucial because Japanese banks must account for their assets and performance, which may fail to meet investors' expectations. The fear is that a loss of confidence in the banks will cause widespread distress in the…

  • WebMemo posted October 11, 2006 by John J. Tkacik, Jr. A New Tack for China after North Korea's Nuclear Test?

    From the beginning of the North Korean affaire nucleaire in 1993, China's devout wish has been that North Korea might bluster about having the bomb-and allow the world to suspect it had one-without actually testing one and removing all doubt. North Korea could leverage that ambiguity for international aid, while China could act as an honest broker and still claim to…

  • Backgrounder posted February 12, 2002 by John J. Tkacik, Jr., Balbina Hwang President Bush's Trip to Asia: Promoting Security, Prosperity, and Peace

    President George Bush, in his State of the Union address to the American people, set the priorities for his agenda on his upcoming state visits to Japan, Korea, and China. When he travels to Tokyo, Seoul, and Beijing, his key priority will be security, but it will be followed closely by economic issues and the peaceful resolution of conflicts. The President will…

  • WebMemo posted July 5, 2006 by Baker Spring A Comprehensive Set of Military Options for Countering NorthKorea's Growing Missile Threat

    Starting on the Fourth of July, North Korea launched a salvo of seven short-, medium- and long-range missiles. Despite the failure of the single long-range missile, the Taepo Dong-2, the launches confirmed that North Korea is seeking to advance its missile arsenal in order to threaten both the United States and its allies in Asia. The short- and medium-range…

Find more work on Northeast Asia
  • White Paper posted July 17, 2012 by Walter Lohman, John Fleming, Robert Warshaw Key Asian Indicators: A Book of Charts

    America’s Enduring Leadership in Asia America has been engaged in Asia since a few decades after securing its independence. Its early interest is documented in the 1833 Treaty on Amity and Commerce between the U.S. and the Kingdom of Siam Thailand), and later in the market-opening 1854 Treaty of Kanagawa with Japan. The U.S. has, in fact, been a “resident…

  • WebMemo posted May 18, 2011 by Bruce Klingner Proposed Re-Realignment for Northeast Asia Ignores Strategic Realities

    Senate Armed Services Committee chairman Carl Levin (D–MI), ranking member John McCain (R–AZ), and Senator Jim Webb (D–VA) have called on the United States to overhaul two complex military realignment agreements with South Korea and Japan. Their proposals would undermine years of carefully crafted diplomacy that achieved U.S. strategic objectives and resolved contentious…

  • White Paper posted January 14, 2011 by Walter Lohman, John Fleming, Nicholas Hamisevicz Key Asian Indicators: A Book of Charts

    The global financial crisis has had a major impact on perceptions of American power and its relationships in Asia. Many of the perceptions are not founded on facts. Among the facts often overlooked: American companies invest far more abroad than does all of Asia combined. For every dollar the U.S. has invested in China it has invested two in Australia…

  • WebMemo posted March 11, 2010 by Bruce Klingner New North Korean Missile Unit Reflects Growing Missile Threat

    North Korea has established an independent military division responsible for controlling and deploying its intermediate-range ballistic missiles (IRBMs).[1] Known as the Musudan,[2] these IRBMs are a strategic-level asset controlled by the senior leadership. Little is known about the missile, but U.S. assessments consider it to be a single-stage, road-mobile IRBM with a…

  • WebMemo posted October 31, 2008 by Bruce Klingner North Korea Nuclear Verification: Has the U.S. Blinked?

    The Bush Administration announced on October 11 that it had removed North Korea from the state sponsors of terrorism list in return for Pyongyang's acceptance of a six-party talks verification protocol. Details of the verification agreement have not been disclosed pending formal approval at a heads of delegation meeting. The State Department claims that all…

  • WebMemo posted September 11, 2008 by Bruce Klingner Planning for a North Korea without Kim Jong-il

    Rumors that Kim Jong-il suffered a stroke have triggered concerns over the ramifications of instability and regime change in North Korea, particularly in regards to that nation's arsenal of nuclear weapons. Over the years, there have been scores of rumors regarding Kim, including illness, incapacitation, coup, assassination, and even death. Subsequently, jaded…

  • WebMemo posted July 16, 2008 by Bruce Klingner North Korea Denuclearization Requires Rigorous Verification System

    On July 12, the six-party talks nations agreed on July 12 to broad measures for verifying North Korea's pledge to abandon its nuclear weapons programs. The joint communiqué was typically bereft of substantive details, which were deferred to a working group for resolution. North Korea did agree to verification measures that included "visits to facilities, review of…

  • WebMemo posted June 26, 2008 by Bruce Klingner Limited Progress on North Korean Denuclearization: CriticalQuestions Lie Ahead

    Pyongyang's June 26 delivery of a data declaration regarding its nuclear weapons programs and the anticipated destruction of the cooling tower at the Yongbyon nuclear reactor represent commendable progress toward North Korean denuclearization. Similarly, North Korea's earlier delivery of approximately 19,000 pages of Yongbyon's operating records provided a trove of…

  • WebMemo posted April 29, 2008 by Bruce Klingner Playing "Whack-a-Mole" with North Korea

    The U.S. intelligence community's revelation that North Korea was helping Syria to build a nuclear reactor "not intended for peaceful purposes"[1] after seven months of Bush Administration stonewalling will be a serious body blow to the Six-Party Talks. The intelligence disclosure, coming so soon after strenuous congressional and interagency objections to a tentative…

  • WebMemo posted March 18, 2008 by Bruce Klingner Supporting Our South Korean Ally and Enhancing Defense Cooperation

    Legislation pending in Congress to facilitate foreign military sales to South Korea would enhance the security of a key U.S. ally and strengthen the bilateral military relationship. The U.S.-Republic of Korea Defense Cooperation Improvement Act of 2008 (H.R. 5443/S.1846)[1] would grant the same preferential treatment for foreign military sales to South Korea as…

Find more work on Northeast Asia
Find more work on Northeast Asia