Saturday News And Notes

North Korea Test Fires Short-Range Ballistic Missiles
South Korea’s defense ministry is reporting that its northern neighbor test-fired ballistic missiles fired at least 30 short-range ballistic missiles into the sea between the east coast of the Korean peninsula and Japan. The action comes on the heels of reports that satellite images show that excavation continued on a new tunnel at the remote Punggye-ri test site in the northeast. Nonetheless, Jeffrey Lewis of the Johns Hopkins University said on the 38 North website of the Johns Hopkins University’s US-Korea Institute there was no cause for real concern.

“In short, there are no indicators that a new test will be conducted in the next few months,” the website said.

North Korea recently announced its plans to restart talks with Japan, which had been delayed for more than a year.

Condoleezza Rice: Ukraine Shows US Cannot Step Back From Leadership Responsibilities
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the US cannot “step back” and events in Ukraine should serve as a “wake-up call to all Americans.”

“I know we are tired and worried about our problems at home, but we cannot eschew the responsibilities of leadership and embolden those who don’t share our values. The world is a pretty scary place when led by those who believe in different ideals, and I’m afraid the United States will pay a price in the long run,” she writes.

Foreign Policy Compartmentalism: US-Russia Nuclear Talks Unaffected By Ukraine Crisis
Karen De Young of The Washington Post reports that talks between the US and Russia have not been impacted by the conflict over Ukraine.

US Closes Door On Ownership Of The Internet And Opens Up Debate On Internet Governance
The Economist notes that with the end of US control of Internet domain names, a new front in the debate about who should control cyberspace has opened up.

Securing The Internet In A Post-Snowden World
Cameron Kerry of the Brookings Institution examines how nations can secure a free and open Internet in the wake of Edward Snowden’s revelations. During a featured TedTalk, Kerry attempts to answer the question of how we can reform digital security and privacy policy to preserve liberty as an American value?



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