So yes, North Korea has done it again. But let's not fall into that same refrain. Let's move beyond sanctions and condemnations and come up with new modes of engagement. The people of North Korea are at stake and deserve our every attempt at finding a workable policy and solution.
VLADIVOSTOK, Russia -- Russia's and China's stances on North Korea are not so much different from how the United States treats Saudi Arabia -- a brutal regime sponsoring the ideology of violent jihadism, but one with which Washington needs to maintain friendship for realpolitik reasons.
North Korea is the one regional security issue where Washington consistently courts greater Chinese assertiveness.
The best reprisal to this recent nuclear test is the kind of 21st century offensive North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's regime fears most: information fracking. The U.S. must mobilize an analogous mix of knowledge, innovation and radical techniques to frack North Korea with pressurized bursts of foreign information and democratic ideas. Ideological warfare is North Korea's Achilles' heel. So let's target it.
The cause of global nuclear disarmament, once a dream with geopolitical cred, may wind up entombed in eternal apathy. As Carroll put it: "Nuclear abolition itself is being abolished." But I refuse to believe that. What I do believe is that change of such magnitude simply cannot emerge from the actions of top-down leadership.
The United Nations Security Council called an emergency meeting on the North Korea less than 24 hours after the test occurred in what can only be described as the same, never-ending story of attack, counterattack.
North Korea announced that it conducted a hydrogen bomb test, hailing it "a complete success." If confirmed, the test, which ignited a firestorm of reaction from nations worldwide, would violate UN Security Council agreements and mark a significant advancement for the country's nuclear capabilities.
If nuclear war happened today, it wouldn't be two blocks of states challenging each other in a deadly arms race, but also the "new kids on the nuclear block," such as India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea.
We must not take our eyes off very real threats elsewhere in the world every time a bomb goes off in the Middle East or a couple of terrorists kill innocents on American soil. So get a grip America -- and more of a stiff upper lip.
This compulsion to treat North Koreans as victims, essentially the same in their experiences, who should be showcased as examples of injustice can be found throughout the global human rights community.
The Korean War ended more than 62 years ago, but not really. The warring parties only agreed to an armistice. Technically everyone still is at war.
China is not the only country in East Asia to eye the global thermometer and begin to sweat. Of the top ten emitters of carbon dioxide in the world, three are close neighbors: China, Japan, and South Korea.
Trump's macho reputation among his 25% rabidly loyal base is incredibly misguided, counter-intuitive and, worse, actually a threat to America. Trump is not "tough." He is not "strong." And he most certainly does not have the qualifications, or the temperament, to be president and commander in chief.
While the plot line is purely fictional, the technology described, its capabilities, and the consequences of its deployment are all very real.
Hands up -- who changed a Facebook pic to show solidarity with Paris? Raged about the barbarity of the gunmen? Or even, for those "tragedy hipsters" among us, bemoaned the relative indifference of Westerners to other brutal attacks in Lebanon, Kenya and now Nigeria? What about the World Food Programme's confirmation -- for the umpteenth time -- that 1 in 3 North Korean children is stunted due to malnutrition? Anyone?
The international system is shifting in ways not yet fully understood. Critics have pointed out the Obama administration's failure to articulate its vision for the U.S. role in a world evolving along so many dimensions. Yet the administration is not alone.