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Wednesday security linkage


Rory Medcalf


27 January 2010 10:52

  • Latest on the question of whether Japan is comfortable with the US reducing the role of its nuclear weapons in East Asia: the Japanese Foreign Minister denies that Tokyo has a problem with the Washington retiring its nuclear Tomahawk land-attack cruise missiles.
  • Jaw-jaw or war-war? North Korea's signals are always mixed. The best recent guide to understanding Pyongyang remains this piece by former US Six-Party Talks negotiator Victor Cha in The Washington Quarterly.
  • The timing of China's reported anti-ballistic missile test may have been to signal anger with Washington over exporting advanced missile defence batteries to Taiwan, but there are some longer-term strategic and diplomatic messages: China is interested in both anti-satellite capabilities and missile defences. And it sees little benefit in continuing to claim the moral high ground of rejecting the 'militarisation of space'. Oh, and India is getting into the satellite-shooting game too.
  • India has a new National Security Adviser, former Foreign Secretary Shiv Shanker Menon. Not before time. New Delhi desperately needs some fresh thinking in fusing its foreign and security policies, as well as someone who will shake up the domestic security apparatus after the debacle of the Mumbai terror attacks. But can he do both?
  • Public debate intensifies in India about Afghanistan policy. And two of my favourite Indian strategic analysts – Kanti Bajpai and Nitin Pai — are in very different corners.
  • One for our American readers: it is said that Australians always stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the US. But it wasn't always so