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Richard Weitz

Richard Weitz writes a weekly column on Asia-Pacific strategic and security issues. He is director of the Center for Political-Military Analysis and a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute. His commentaries have appeared in the International Herald Tribune, The Guardian and Wall Street Journal (Europe), among other publications.

Sochi Showcases Moscow’s Asian Influence
February 20, 2014
Sochi Showcases Moscow’s Asian Influence
Russia has a strong stake in Asia. The U.S. should recognize this.
Sochi Showcases Moscow’s Asian Influence
North Korea: The Problem with Reconciliation Via Engagement
January 23, 2014
North Korea: The Problem with Reconciliation Via Engagement
Engagement does not have a good track record at producing breakthroughs with Pyongyang.
North Korea: The Problem with Reconciliation Via Engagement
Russia and Iran: A Balancing Act
November 21, 2013
Russia and Iran: A Balancing Act
Moscow seeks to combine pragmatism with maximum leverage, at least until Iran achieves a détente with the West.
Russia and Iran: A Balancing Act
China and North Korea: New Thinking, Old Policies
October 30, 2013
China and North Korea: New Thinking, Old Policies
With a tougher posture on recent provocations, have China’s policies on North Korea really changed?
China and North Korea: New Thinking, Old Policies
As Tensions with West Rise, Moscow Looks to Asia
July 25, 2013
As Tensions with West Rise, Moscow Looks to Asia
With large-scale military exercises and huge energy deals, Russia has been increasingly assertive in Asia.
As Tensions with West Rise, Moscow Looks to Asia
North Korean Threats Deepen Southern Nuclear Insecurities
July 04, 2013
North Korean Threats Deepen Southern Nuclear Insecurities
Worries about the U.S. umbrella prompt some to call for the ROK to develop its own nuclear capabilities.
North Korean Threats Deepen Southern Nuclear Insecurities
The Geopolitics of Missile Defense
April 05, 2013
The Geopolitics of Missile Defense
Many nations already have, or are acquiring, short- and medium-range missiles. The United States is leading the efforts to negate such threats.
The Geopolitics of Missile Defense
Obama 2.0 Confronts Asia
February 21, 2013
Obama 2.0 Confronts Asia
President Obama was broadly successful in the Asia-Pacific during his first term. He’ll have to work harder the second time around.
Obama 2.0 Confronts Asia
The Long Shadow of Chemical Weapons
February 02, 2013
The Long Shadow of Chemical Weapons
As recent debates swirl around nuclear weapons, chemical weapons have the potential to cause great harm -- especially in Asia.
The Long Shadow of Chemical Weapons
The North Korea Problem
December 16, 2012
The North Korea Problem
Pyongyang has successfully tested a long-range rocket. What may happen next -- including missiles someday armed with nuclear warheads -- could make matters worse.
The North Korea Problem
Who is Best for Asia: Romney or Obama? You Decide.
October 26, 2012
Who is Best for Asia: Romney or Obama? You Decide.
During Monday's foreign policy debate, Asia's future was an important topic. Dr. Richard Weitz breaks down the candidates' positions.
Who is Best for Asia: Romney or Obama? You Decide.
Can Moscow and Washington Join Hands in the Pacific?
October 03, 2012
Can Moscow and Washington Join Hands in the Pacific?
With Russia intensifying its regional diplomacy and America 'rebalancing' to the Pacific, both nations have much to gain by working together.
Can Moscow and Washington Join Hands in the Pacific?
The Resurgence of the U.S.- Japan Relationship
August 13, 2012
The Resurgence of the U.S.- Japan Relationship
While some focus on recent tensions, Tokyo and Washington have been quietly strengthening their security alliance.
The Resurgence of the U.S.- Japan Relationship
After Veto, What China Can Still Do To Ease Assad Out
July 21, 2012
After Veto, What China Can Still Do To Ease Assad Out
China's Syria veto at the Security Council was no surprise. Richard Weitz looks at what Beijing might still be willing to do.
After Veto, What China Can Still Do To Ease Assad Out
The 'Great Game' 2.0
July 11, 2012
The 'Great Game' 2.0
Russia's plan to use regional organizations as levers in Central Asia has some flaws, argues Richard Weitz.
The 'Great Game' 2.0
China-Russia's Anti-NATO?
July 04, 2012
China-Russia's Anti-NATO?
China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, & Uzbekistan have yet to take new members. Richard Weitz explains why.
China-Russia's Anti-NATO?
Grading the U.S. Rebalance
June 25, 2012
Grading the U.S. Rebalance
With the U.S. presidential election fast approaching, it’s worth asking how successful one of the biggest Obama administration foreign policy drives has been. It’s a mixed bag.
Grading the U.S. Rebalance
No to U.S. Nukes in South Korea
June 06, 2012
No to U.S. Nukes in South Korea
A U.S. House committee is pressing the U.S. to consider redeploying tactical nuclear weapons in South Korea. It’s a bad idea.
No to U.S. Nukes in South Korea
Hillary’s Passage to India
May 07, 2012
Hillary’s Passage to India
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s trip to India may not garner quite the same headlines her China trip did. But Iran ensures the visit may still be tricky.
Hillary’s Passage to India
Pivot Out, Rebalance In
May 03, 2012
Pivot Out, Rebalance In
Talk of a U.S. pivot toward the Asia-Pacific is being replaced with the idea of a rebalancing. Regardless, U.S. military strategy is taking on an interesting shape.
Pivot Out, Rebalance In
EU Should Keep China Arms Embargo
April 18, 2012
EU Should Keep China Arms Embargo
Some European nations want the 20-year embargo on sales to China lifted. Their arguments are strong, but the arguments for not lifting it are stronger.
EU Should Keep China Arms Embargo
Preventing Nuclear Disaster
April 03, 2012
Preventing Nuclear Disaster
The IAEA has confirmed almost two dozen incidents of theft or loss of fissile materials. Last week’s nuclear, though, ended with no agreement on enforcement to stop terrorists acquiring them.
Preventing Nuclear Disaster
How Russia Plays the Great Game
March 27, 2012
How Russia Plays the Great Game
Russia is playing a careful balancing game in Central Asia – stirring up worries about the U.S. military presence is just part of the game.
How Russia Plays the Great Game
Putin’s Grand Plan for Asia
March 13, 2012
Putin’s Grand Plan for Asia
Worried Russia will be marginalized by China, expect Vladimir Putin to push his Eurasian Union vision – and perhaps spring a surprise over Pakistan.
Putin’s Grand Plan for Asia
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