Category: US

Carnegie Nuclear Policy Conference

As the international nuclear arms control architecture collapses, the progenitors of nuclear weapons control meet up at their annual DC confab to talk of strategic issues and academically shake their heads witnessing a descent toward a nuclear precipice … Nukes in the new era of proliferation …  The 2019 Carnegie Nuclear Policy Conference

Trump-Kim-Hanoi Summit

Second Meeting Confirmed Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un to confer in Hanoi “My representatives have just left North Korea after a very productive meeting and an agreed upon time and date for the second Summit with Kim Jong-un. It will take place in Hanoi, Vietnam, on February 27 & 28” …

Googling China January 2019

One day, January 16, 2019, as Google World News highlights China sword-rattling … rising risks, markets react to China-US trade war, Taiwan tensions escalate, North Korea nuclear talks off, South China Sea maneuvers grow as a new arms race reverberates with next generation nukes, hypersonic weapons….

On a November Day

As the U.S. energy policy continues to focus on fossil fuels, we at Strategic Demands take a look at the data and consider crude oil proved reserves. It is an appropriate moment to consider the longer term, e.g., the longevity of the U.S. fracking upsurge… and consequences

China-U.S. Trade War, Day One

It’s on. After back and forth negotiations, a deadline passes and what is being described as a “trade war” commences. What sort of trade war? The market’s collective judgment so far? Day one, the global markets shrug. We consider the negotiating strategies, risks, costs, and ripple effects. Go…

Prepared, or Not Prepared

“I think I’m very well prepared. I don’t think I have to prepare very much. It’s about attitude, it’s about willingness to get things done. So this isn’t a question of preparation, it’s a question of whether or not people want it to happen, and we’ll know that very quickly.”

Blowback Risks, Asymmetrical Conflict

What’s an appropriate response to news of an unexpected meeting in Beijing and newest moves by the US president threatening trade war with China? The first shots in the trade war are now fired, global markets are responding, and the visit of N. Korea’s leader to meet the Chinese president signal a new asymmetrical conflict […]

May in Korea

Tom Nichols Makes His Case. Strategic Demands’ editor responds… Former US Defense chief, William Perry, weighs in… Negotiating horizon? Time to prep? Two months. Negotiating prep to date? No visible prep. Korean Ambassador? No US Ambassador. Nuclear weapons experts? Arms Control team? Questionable at best. Winging it? Admittedly. Other options? War. Nuclear war.  Dead-Hand Disaster.

US Nuclear Posture Review Released

The new Nuclear Posture Review signals a new nuclear arms race. Luck of the draw. “Do you feel lucky?” The question of generational, existential risk takes on new dimension as strategic arms experts ask deadly end game questions. Nuclear tensions are turning to nuclear threats, an international ramp up of nuclear weapons development, ‘usable’ nukes, […]

Olympic Overture in the Koreas

Citizens of the U.S. are not known for their knowledge of international relations — from the basics across to more detailed, complex geopolitics and diplomacy. Yet, it is time to recall what was once called “Ping-Pong Diplomacy” that set in motion an opening between the U.S. and China. The Olympics may be another opening

The Trump Doctrine

As a military band plays Gershwin in the Rose Garden at the White House, the US president walks off stage after announcing he has decided to abandon the international climate agreement. A legacy is established, a message sent to the world, the US under the current president explicitly does not believe in a “global community”

Another War Announcement

At Mar-a-Lago in Florida, the US President and Chinese President Xi Jinping sit down for an exquisite dinner in a regal setting. Across the world in the Mediterranean sea, off the coast of Syria, missiles are launched on order. The US President eats and negotiates as another war escalation is about to be announced

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