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The Great North Korean Nuke Pool of 2012 [Updated 4/23]

The Great North Korean Nuke Pool of 2012 [Updated 4/23]

 North Korea is rumored to be preparing for  a third nuclear test. Think you can guess what the explosive yield will be? You’ve come to the right place. Welcome to the Great North Korean Nuke Pool of 2012. Rules 1. Anyone may enter. 2. One entry/yield per person. 3. Two persons per yield. 4. Persons...

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That Chinese ‘Grenade’ Video…

Lots of buzz on the internet recently about this video from Chinese state television purporting to show Chinese soldiers passing live explosives around as “an exercise that sharpens co-ordination, teamwork and mental strength.” I think this is wrong – one, the smoke, explosives tend not to do that any more, unless a slow fuse is involved; second, the final guy throws the satchel at his feet and not into the bunker. It seems to me that this is a public demonstration, an open day at a base perhaps, and the satchel is a dud, but the explosives in the crater are very real. This makes it considerably less dangerous (but not with risk), but also a long way from the way it is being reported by the English language media.

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Monday Morning Reading for 01/16

Monday Morning Reading for 01/16

Start your week with ASW's Monday Morning Reading, with some of the more in-depth articles we came across to keep you going throughout your working week.

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Link: CFR – “The Pentagon Pivots to Asia”

Associate staff writer Jonathan Masters at the Council of Foreign Relations discusses the US shift towards Asia:

Many observers see the shift toward the Asia-Pacific region as a natural, if long overdue, transition for the United States as it draws down in Iraq and Afghanistan. CFR President Richard N. Haass says the U.S. “rediscovery” of East Asia and the Pacific is a welcome development after Washington’s long preoccupation with the Middle East. On ForeignPolicy.com, Patrick M. Cronin says, thus far, China has taken advantage of a light U.S. military footprint in the region. A failure to address the imbalance directly, coupled with U.S. military cuts exceeding Pentagon recommendations, “will accelerate China’s relative rise,” he cautions.

But critics suggest the U.S. move toward Asia could reinforce China’s fear of encirclement and prompt further militarization of an already unstable region. Writing in The Hill, Gen. Stephen A. Cheney and Joshua Foust of the American Security Project say the “the prospect of a major conflict with China is remote, and assuming one is inevitable poses the danger of becoming a self-fulfilling prophesy.”

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