Friday Flashpoints – Our Weekend Reading List

The Diplomat’s Editor selects the top five defense and foreign policy articles for your weekend reading pleasure.

Every Friday, The Diplomat’s Harry Kazianis looks out across the net to find the best articles and analysis involving defense, strategic affairs, and foreign policy. From America’s pivot to Asia, China’s growing military power, North Korea’s seemingly daily threats to the various territorial spats across the region, The Diplomat has you covered with what you need to know going into the weekend.

Here is our top five this Friday. Have we missed something you think should be included? Want to share an important article with other readers? Please submit your links in the comment box below! Happy Friday!

The Next Korean War (Foreign Affairs) –“Conflict with North Korea Could Go Nuclear — But Washington Can Reduce the Risk.”

South Korea 'Deploys Warships to Track North Missiles' (BBC) – “South Korea has deployed two warships with missile-defence systems, reports say, a day after the North apparently moved a missile to its east coast.”

Report: India-France Rafale Deal Stalled – (Defensenews) – “India’s negotiations with France’s Dassault Aviation on a $12-billion deal for Rafale fighter jets have stalled due to disagreements over the production of the planes in India, a report said Friday.”

Japan Extends Unilateral Sanctions on DPRK – (ChinaDaily USA) – “Japan decided on Friday to extend its own sanctions against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) for two years due to the DPRK's provocative actions.”

Iran Fails to Respond Seriously in Nuclear talks, Diplomats Say (The Washington Post) – “Nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers begin on a discordant note in Kazakhstan.”