CAPP News Archive - 2009

China: Self-Perception vs. Outside Perception — Oct. 3, 2009

Tiananmen Square

The People’s Republic of China is contemplating its changing role in the world and trying to reinforce its message of the peaceful rise of China. In this commentary by Michael J. Lostumbo for World Journal there is still a large gap between how China perceives their progress and how other countries view them.

Limited Options: Deterring North Korea and Iran — Aug. 18, 2009

Peacekeepr ICBM missile at silo opening, photo courtesy of

The U.S. has used several strategies to stop or slow nuclear weapon development in Iran and North Korea, with little success. The result is that maintaining regional security will be much more difficult as discussed in this commentary by Lowell H. Schwartz for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

BRIC-à-Brac — Jun. 16, 2009

Flags of the participating counties

The leaders of the BRIC countries Brazil, Russia, India, and China hold their first stand-alone summit in Yekaterinburg, Russia, on Tuesday, June 16, but the timing of this meeting is hardly coincidental, as discussed by Andrew Weiss for .

Getting Value from the U.S.-ROK Summit — Jun. 16, 2009

North Korean and ROK Army guards on either side of the Military Demarcation Line, photo courtesy of

North Korea has been aggressively trying to upstage the summit between South Korea and U.S. President Barack Obama as discussed by Bruce W. Bennett in this commentary for The Korea Herald.

The PLA Navy's "New Historic Missions": Expanding Capabilities for a Re-emergent Maritime Power — Jun. 15, 2009

Chinese Navy men, photo courtesy of Family Security Matters

Testimony presented, by Cortez A. Cooper, before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission on June 11, 2009.

No Surprise in Failure To Deter N. Korea — June 2, 2009

North Korean rocket test launch, photo courtesy of The Inquisitr

North Korea's latest misbehavior highlights an uncomfortable truth: the failure of the United States and the international community to deter North Korean actions according to Bruce W. Bennett in his commentary that appeared in Chicago Tribune.

North Korean Provocation Suggests Regime in Trouble — Apr. 9, 2009

North Korean launchpad at Musudan-ni, North Korea, by DigitalGlobe

The North Korean missile launch was intended to travel over Japan and out to a range that would allow it to reach the United States as a clear provocation against Japan and the United States. As discussed by Bruce Bennett in this commentary for the Korea Herald , this desperate act could imperil the regional and global peace.

U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan — Apr. 2, 2009

U.S. soldiers combating insurgency in Afghanistan, photo courtesy of

Testimony presented by Seth G. Jones before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Middle East and South Asia on April 2, 2009.

Organized Crime Is Increasingly Active in Film Piracy; Three Cases Link Terrorists to Piracy Profits — Mar. 3, 2009

gun, bullets, money, and dvds

Organized crime increasingly is involved in the piracy of feature films, with syndicates active along the entire supply chain from manufacture to street sales. While crime syndicates have added piracy to their criminal portfolios, the profits from film piracy also have been used on occasion to support the activities of terrorist groups.

Obama's Foreign Policy Team and U.S.-Korean Relations — Feb. 16, 2009

North Korean Military

The concrete contours of President Obama's foreign policy team have finally begun to emerge. What is intriguing is how many assignments are being given to those who have worked on the Korean peninsula. A commentary by Chaibong Hahm that appeared in Joangang Ilbo.

How China Can Strengthen Its Economy by Investing in High-Technology Applications — Feb. 13, 2009

Tianjin port, photo courtesy of Flickr/egorgrebnev

China's Tianjin Binhai New Area (TBNA) and Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA) can best spur regional development and economic growth by focusing on emerging high-technology applications, including molecular-scale drug development and green manufacturing.

Asia's Nonproliferation Laggards: China, India, Pakistan, Indonesia and Malaysia — Feb. 9, 2009

Power plant near one of Beijing's

President Obama has a strong tool to get key Asian nations to curb spread of nuclear weapons as discussed in this commentary by Charles Wolf, Jr. for Wall Street Journal Asia .