Japan Won't Go Nuclear: Should We Care if it Did?

A former classmate of mine, Mira Rapp-Hooper, recently had an excellent post at The Diplomat laying out the case for why Japan is unlikely to pursue its own nuclear deterrent. Mira is one of the smartest people I’ve ever met, and her thoughts on matters of nuclear proliferation are always worth reading. That being said, a discussion of whether this country or that will go nuclear at some point always raises a simple question in my mind:  should the United States really care?

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This question is commonly answered in the affirmative, as the general assumption seems to . . .
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John Bolton: Still Wrong About Nuclear Weapons

Everybody’s favorite former ambassador to the United Nations, John R. Bolton, is back with his second op-ed on nuclear policy in as many weeks (h/t Greg Scoblete).  This time, writing in the Washington Times, Ambassador Bolton frets that the Obama administration’s commitment to New START and the negative security guarantees made in the administration's Nuclear Posture Review are going to make American allies uneasy—despite all available evidence suggesting that they are not. %%anc%% if (1==1) {document.getElementById(“link140″).style.display=”none”;}

Apparently Ambassador Bolton is worried that reductions in America’s strategic nuclear arsenal and declarations in the 2010 Nuclear Posture Review that forgo nuclear . . .
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Is an Arms Race in Asia Inevitable?

Does the United States need to maintain its alliances in East Asia to prevent a regional arms race?  According to a post at the Diplomat, written a few weeks back by Michael Mazza of the American Enterprise Institute, a hypothetical regional arms race is one of the major reasons the United States needs to maintain a presence there.  Coming on the heels of Charles Glaser’s provocative piece in Foreign Affairs that argued the United States could do without defending Taiwan, Massa argues that the United States must continue to defend the Republic of China to ensure U.S. allies of . . .
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The strategic implications of the tragedy in Japan

The news out of Japan has been all-consuming. Constant updates online show us that though the earth has calmed, the danger is far from over. It is damn near impossible to put into words the destruction and loss we are witnessing, and even harder to look ahead and imagine what this might mean for Japan and the region further down the road. Though it might seem coldhearted to start looking at this crisis in a geopolitical light, it is nonetheless necessary to attempt to assess the indirect consequences of what is going on in Japan and how they might . . .
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Russia: China’s restraint in the Pacific?

According to a story in Newsweek Russia is planning to build up its Pacific navy in an attempt to challenge China in the Pacific. The push is part of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s latest stimulus package, thanks to a surge in oil prices. Putin plans to spend $678 billion on defense, with a quarter going to revamp the Russian fleet in the Pacific. According to Newsweek, the shopping list includes “20 new ships, including a new class of attack submarines, plus new missile subs, frigates, and an aircraft carrier.”

It is not clear whether this is posturing or a . . .
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