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Conventional and alternative security scenarios
Roland Bleiker

D EALING WITH North Korea is perhaps one of the most difficult security challenges in global politics today. 1 Totalitarian and reclusive, ideologically isolated and economically ruined, it is the inherent ‘other’ in a globalized and neo-liberal world order. And yet, North Korea keeps surviving, not least because its leaders periodically rely

in Critical Security in the Asia-Pacific
Nuclear weapons in the US–South Korea alliance
Stephan Frühling
Andrew O'Neil

Situated in one of the most militarised regions in the world, South Korea has a long-standing relationship with nuclear weapons that is evident in three domains. The first is that South Korea initiated and subsequently shelved an indigenous nuclear weapons programme. Fearing abandonment and looking to reinforce South Korea’s capacity for military self-reliance in the face

in Partners in deterrence
US nuclear weapons and alliances in Europe and Asia

From the start of the Cold War to the presidency of Donald Trump, nuclear weapons have been central to the internal dynamics of US alliances in Europe and Asia. But cooperation on policy, strategy, posture and deployment of US nuclear weapons has varied significantly between US alliances and over time. Partners in Deterrence goes beyond traditional accounts that focus on deterrence and reassurance in US nuclear policy, and instead places the objectives and influence of US allies at the centre of analysis. Through a series of case studies informed by a rigorous analytical framework, it reveals that US allies have wielded significant influence in shaping nuclear weapons cooperation with the US in ways that reflect their own, often idiosyncratic, objectives. Combining in-depth empirical analysis with an accessible theoretical lens, Partners in Deterrence provides important lessons for contemporary policy makers and makes an essential contribution to existing scholarship on alliances and nuclear weapons.

Political differences yield to economic rivalry
James W. Peterson

similar and partly different. Both sets of leaders have been deeply involved in economic connections in the recent past, and there is now some breathing space and a golden opportunity to build on past successes. As India has boomed in recent years, both Russian and American leaders have increased the number of their visits there and have been building a foundation for a more concrete economic relationship. There is also common concern for both sets of leaders in the continuously shifting threat that North Korea and its leader, Kim Jong Un, present. However, in some

in Russian-American relations in the post-Cold War world
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The political theology of the development citizen
Sam Han

This chapter aims to investigate the political theology of development in South Korea through an analysis of trends in popular and media culture in the context of its unique circumstances vis-à-vis modernity. It focuses on the cultural production of a particular form of citizenship – development citizenship, which I suggest, serves as the subjective basis for what I have in other work called ‘spiritualised nationalism’ (Han, 2017 ). The chapter takes cues methodologically and conceptually from media-focused cultural studies (Fiske, 1992 ; Kellner, 2003

in Political theologies and development in Asia
Sam King

of states like the United States, Japan, Australia and Israel and less than one-third of Spain ( Table 1.2 ). China’s income peers, like Mexico, Brazil, Russia and Turkey – all of which fall into ‘Third World 2’ in Table 1.2 – are hardly better off. An objection may be raised that the cases of South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore

in Imperialism and the development myth
Ken Young

sheer scale of the plans for emergency deployment.32 A month later, his prediction was put to the test. The Korean deployment On 25 June 1950 the Korean conflict erupted with North Korea’s invasion of the south, Seoul falling to North Korean forces three days later. Strategic Air Command was seen as the United States’ best chance of preventing the conflict from spreading to a general war, and if the deterrent signals were ignored and Soviet forces intervened directly in Korea or moved against Western Europe, the EWP would have been triggered. President Truman, at his

in The American bomb in Britain
An important moment for strategic action on collective cyberdefense
Jamil N. Jaffer

and provide a significant security gain to both countries, while also creating a joint bulwark against key regional-threat players, including China and North Korea, as well as external actors that are generally hostile to American interests, including India’s erstwhile ally, Russia, and one of its key energy suppliers, Iran. The burgeoning U.S.–India strategic partnership: opportunities and potential challenges The economics of the U.S.–India relationship There is little question that the current

in The future of U.S.–India security cooperation
A critical security appraisal
Marianne Hanson

T HE A SIA -P ACIFIC IS ONE of the most intensely nuclearized regions in the world. It is the only region where nuclear weapons have been used in attack, it has elicited grave international concern about nuclear proliferation – namely in India, Pakistan and North Korea – and it is home to three key recognized nuclear weapon states, China

in Critical Security in the Asia-Pacific
Chiyuki Aoi
Yee-Kuang Heng

December 1923, a shot was fired by Daisuke Namba at Regent Hirohito. Namba was inspired by writings of French and Russian anarchists, and upset by the atrocities committed against Koreans and socialists during the Great Kantō Earthquake of 1923. Hirohito was unhurt, but Prime Minister Hamaguchi became the first victim of numerous assassination attempts made in the 1930s by right-wing nationalists and radical young officers in the army and navy; he was shot and injured in November 1930. Naval officers who felt betrayed that the London Naval Treaty limited the size of

in Non-Western responses to terrorism