If one asked, "where do most daunting challenges to global peace and security come from?" most would venture the Middle East and the Eurasian regions. Unfortunately, Northeast Asia is now adding its name on this list of conflict zones. The tectonic plates there are shifting under our feet.
There is real urgency in tackling these issues since the war plans developed by both Chinese and American military planners now place a premium on striking first -- preemptively -- and create "a textbook case of crisis instability."
Now may be the time for Obama, as well as leaders in Japan, South Korea, China and Russia, to offer trips to North Korea's political and military elite -- to show them what they could have if they engineered some shifts inside the regime.