Security in Asia remains based on our alliances, which for the past half-century have been focused on a handful of key nations, Japan and South Korea preeminent among them.
Vladimir Putin's power grab in Ukraine isn't a singular case of revanchism by Moscow. Ambitious states like China — long unhappy with aspects of the status quo in Asia — are watching Mr. Putin and learning how to test their neighbors' resolve.
Even to his most ardent admirers, Barack Obama is an enigma. What principles drive him? What ideology is at the heart of his policymaking? In the case of Ukraine, admirers have rushed to commend the president’s “realistic” appreciation of the limits of American power.
While perceptions of Western irresolve or weakness don’t necessarily create conditions of instability by themselves, their real danger is that they make aggressive opportunism seem a more attractive path for revanchists like Putin or revisionist powers like Beijing.
In the past there were excuses for those inclined to ignore or deny the horrors the Democratic People's Republic of Korea routinely visits upon its subjects. Defectors have an ax to grind, we were told. American intelligence is making up stories, and Pyongyang's foreign enemies stand to profit from these tales. There is nowhere for North Korea's apologists to hide now.
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