What is most surprising about the U.S. Congress today is how harmful its parochial views have become to America's long-term global economic interests.
A small, poor nation, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea should be an international nullity, irrelevant to global affairs. Yet it again dominated headlines in the U.S. with the hacking of Sony and cancellation of the broad release of the movie The Interview, a comedy featuring the assassination of the younger Kim.
In a larger strategic context, our two regions are connected through U.S. global strategy. America's rebalance to East Asia cannot be divorced from events in the Middle East, as they could affect the available strategic assets in East Asia.
It's quite rare to have consumers, business, animal advocates and international governments all beating the same drum, but that is exactly the situation we are increasingly finding ourselves in. Let's make 2015 the year that the U.S. starts marching to the cruelty-free cosmetics beat.
Korea's challenges are not confined to the peninsula. This is all the more so as Korean issues cannot be delinked from the wider regional context. So, managing our neighborly relations, as well as issues between them, are part and parcel of our equation.
In an age of accelerating challenges, could a new type of cross regional, values-based partnership play a constructive role? One year ago, our answer was yes, and the result was the birth of MIKTA -- Mexico / Indonesia / Republic of Korea (ROK) / Turkey / Australia.
By all rights, given its size, location, and natural resource base, Brazil should be an economic juggernaut. But the truth is that Brazil should never have been designated a BRIC because it is a poorly managed economy that has rarely lived up to its potential.
We still have some time left in 2014, and while I work on a "list" for 2015, now it's time to take a deep breath, review last year's predictions and see how I did.
As I had suspected all along, but couldn't quite figure out who or how, it took a woman (albeit an Asian women who I had a slight language barrier with) to help me figure out my problems with women.
Rather than simply be read as celebrations of individual freedom, these novels ought to be understood as critiques of a divided Korea.
She's crossed two oceans, shot with Lara Jade in Los Angeles, and graced the pages of French Revue de Modes in Paris -- all at the ripe old age of sixteen. The latest place this wunderkind has hung her hat? Seoul, South Korea.
As mayor, Mr. Park halted the enactment of Seoul's Charter of Human Rights for the city's upcoming observance of Human Rights Day. Why? The Charter included a provision stating support for non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
"Each day, more than half the world's adult population read a daily newspaper: 2.5 billion in print and more than 800 million in digital form," according to the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA).
Every strategy toward the DPRK so far seems to have failed. Anything adopted is likely to be only a second best. However, today even second best would be a major step forward. It's time for Washington to try something different.
This week campaigners against cluster munitions are pressing for answers on why any financial institution or bank would choose to be associated with the production of this banned weapon. PAX, a member of the international Cluster Munition Coalition, has released a report revealing the financial institutions backing companies involved in production of cluster munitions.
Washington needs to recognize that its Pacific pivot is adding insecurity to the region, not stability. With its arms sales and encouragement of ally assertiveness, the United States is bringing peace to the region just like the Colt .45 "Peacemaker" brought peace to the Wild West.