New Year Headlines

Seeking Clarity In US Policy Toward North Korea
Christopher R. Hill, former US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and a US special envoy for Kosovo, suggests it is time the United States develops a clarity of vision with regard to its policy toward North Korea.

He notes that many nations get away with bad human-rights records, others get away with cross-border cyber attacks, and others are able to maintain nuclear programs without repercussions, but “rarely does a country pursue all of them, as North Korea evidently is” doing so.

“Too often, China and the US address the issue of North Korea in a formulaic way, with the Chinese declaring that they ‘support dialogue,’ while the US urges China to do more, without specifying what. For the US, the goal should be to persuade the Chinese to make deterring North Korean rogue behavior a higher priority. That means communicating to the Chinese more clearly where North Korea stands among its own priorities,” he says, adding that “China needs to know how the US views future arrangements on the Korea Peninsula.”

Elections To Watch In 2015
Greece will hold elections at the end of January and Nigeria will do the same the following month. In fact, nations across the globe will be deciding who will lead their nation and which direction that country will take in the coming years. The website Suffragio provides a list of the 15 elections of which to make note.

Is Yemen Following In The Footsteps of Syria And Iraq?
Faisal Al Yafai examines the fate of Yemen in a recent column in The National and argues that the international community is making the same mistake of ignoring the perilous course on which the country finds itself.

“Last year, Yemen appeared as one of the bright spots of the Arab Spring. The Gulf-backed transition was working, if slowly and hesitantly. But 2014 has shown that the transition required constant attention from stakeholders – and this past year, attention was in short supply.

“But it is time we paid attention. The parallels between Iraq in 2013 and Yemen in 2014 are stark, too stark to ignore,” he cautions.





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