Asia Security after US Hegemony

By |2016-11-01T16:09:50-10:00November 1st, 2016|Categories: College, Faculty, jackson|

Dr. Van Jackson recently wrote about the changing Asian security landscape for “The ASAN Forum.”  Entitled “Asian Security after US Hegemony: Spheres of Influence and the Third Wave of Regional Order,” Jackson writes that the region is in flux due to low trust thanks to a myriad of territorial and strategic disputes.  In his article, he discusses arguments in response to the “next wave of order” problem now facing Asia. According to Jackson: “First, modern Asia has experienced what are popularly recognized as two major epochs or ‘waves’ that broadly defined how regional relations were ordered—Cold War bipolarity and post-Cold War [...]

Opinion: Preventing Nuclear War with North Korea – Dr. Van Jackson

By |2017-03-09T11:19:56-10:00September 12th, 2016|Categories: External Publications, jackson, Opinions/Editorials|

“Preventing Nuclear War with North Korea” by Dr. Van Jackson was recently published by Foreign Affairs magazine. In the article Jackson discusses N. Korea’s fifth and largest missile and nuclear testing.  In the last four years, N. Korea under Kim Jong Un has conducted 35 missile launches and three nuclear tests. According to Jackson, “North Korea’s nuclear program is now more accelerated, less constrained, and more openly linked to its missile program than at any point in its history. Pyongyang is rushing to deploy a nuclear force that can ensure the regime’s survival by guaranteeing that any attempt to replace it [...]

Fait Accompli

By |2016-06-01T13:27:53-10:00June 1st, 2016|Categories: College, Faculty, Faculty Articles, Independent Faculty Articles, jackson|

Dr. Van Jackson has a new article called “Grappling with the Fait Accompli: A Classical Tactic in the Modern Strategic Landscape” which appeared this week on the War on the Rocks blog. In his article, Jackson describes variations in the fait accompli, an age-old tactic to challenge the status quo and secure unilateral gains while minimizing the risks of war. He ties this concept to the international security environment, identifying the fait accompli tactic in Russian annexation of Crimea, North Korea’s recurring violence, and China’s contentious artificial island-building in the South China Sea. According to Jackson: “Risks notwithstanding, the fait accompli [...]

OpEd: Saving the South China Sea Without Starting World War III – Dr. Van Jackson

By |2017-03-09T13:24:31-10:00April 1st, 2016|Categories: College, Faculty, jackson, Opinions/Editorials|

In his latest commentary, “Saving the South China Sea Without Starting World War III,” DKI professor Dr. Van Jackson advocates for stronger U.S. maritime leadership in a region marked by increasing tension. Jackson writes, “The opaque, low-information nature of the South China Sea creates a permissive environment for many sources of conflict.  When national governments lack real-time awareness of who is doing what and where in the maritime domain, opportunistic actors like China have the ability to exploit it.” Jackson opines that the South China Sea needs greater operational transparency, and the U.S. is equipped to provide the resources and political [...]

Dr. Van Jackson publishes book on US-North Korea relations

By |2016-03-10T09:33:51-10:00March 10th, 2016|Categories: College, External Publications, Faculty, Faculty Articles, jackson|

In his latest book, titled Rival Reputations: Coercion and Credibility in US-North Korea Relations, Dr. Van Jackson looks at the troubled history of US-North Korean affairs from the 1960s through 2010. According to the title’s publisher, Rival Reputations evaluates how past incidents and crises can help determine threat credibility and the willingness of an adversary to resort to violence. Jackson is a professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu, where he specializes in several fields, including Korean and Japanese affairs, and U.S.-Asia relations. Synopsis: Jackson’s book answers some of the most vexing questions regarding both [...]

Opinion: ‘The Trouble with the US Bomber Overflight Against North Korea’ – Dr. Van Jackson

By |2017-03-09T13:26:51-10:00January 12th, 2016|Categories: Courses, Faculty, Faculty Articles, jackson, Opinions/Editorials|

Dr. Van Jackson recently wrote an Op/Ed on “The Trouble With The US Bomber Overflight Against North Korea” for The Diplomat. In the opinion piece, Jackson discusses the recent bilateral ROK- US bomber overflight against North Korea. While he states that the U.S. message to N. Korea could not have been clearer, he does believe that it could ultimately be problematic. This opinion piece is available online at: http://thediplomat.com/2016/01/the-trouble-with-the-us-bomber-overflight-against-north-korea/ The views expressed are the author’s own and do not reflect those of the Department of Defense, the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, or U.S. Government. -30-

Report on the Geopolitical Implications of Korean Unification – Dr. Van Jackson

By |2017-03-09T12:51:56-10:00January 6th, 2016|Categories: External Publications, Faculty, Faculty Articles, jackson|

Dr. Van Jackson recently co-authored a report on “Solving Long Division: The Geopolitical Implications of Korean Unification” published by the Center for a New American Security. According to CNAS, the report “examines a host of issues posed by unification – including nuclear weapons and deterrence, the U.S.-Korea alliance, and relations between the countries in Northeast Asia – and offers key findings to inform how policymakers should prepare for unification on the Korean Peninsula. The authors note that the aim of this report is not to debate unification but to further consider its geopolitical implications” Other authors are: Patrick M. Cronin, Van [...]

New OpEd: Don’t Let China Policy Follow North Korea’s Path – Dr. Van Jackson

By |2017-03-09T12:54:00-10:00December 14th, 2015|Categories: College, External Publications, jackson|

Dr. Van Jackson recently wrote an Op/Ed on “Don’t let China Policy Follow North Korea’s Path” for The Diplomat. In the opinion piece, Jackson discusses the evolution of U.S.– North Korea relations and warns that U.S.-China relations could go down a similar path. He states that maintaining the status quo could limit policy options in the future and, instead, promotes the U.S. being more proactive and thoughtful in regional strategies. This opinion piece is available online at: http://thediplomat.com/2015/12/dont-let-china-policy-follow-north-koreas-path/ The views expressed are the author’s own and do not reflect those of the Department of Defense, the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center [...]

New OpEd on North Korea and the Arms Control Taboo – Dr. Van Jackson

By |2017-03-09T13:27:35-10:00December 2nd, 2015|Categories: Faculty Articles, jackson, Opinions/Editorials|

Dr. Van Jackson recently wrote an Op/Ed on “Breaking the North Korea Arms Control Taboo” for The Diplomat. In the article, he states that “there’s a highly ingrained taboo against arms control when it comes to North Korea, and it’s so strong that it risks blinding rational alliance decision-making.” He also describes the pros and cons of adding this topic to discussions between North Korea and South Korea or the United States. This opinion piece is available online at http://thediplomat.com/2015/12/breaking-the-north-korea-arms-control-taboo/ The views expressed are the author’s own and do not reflect those of the Department of Defense, the Daniel K. Inouye [...]