Don’t pin your hopes on the new Chinese sanctions on North Korea: Grant Newsham

Kim Jong Un
Xi Jinping
President, PRC

Grand Newsham, our resident Pacific Rim specialist, joined us to talk about whether we should take China’s “new sanctions” seriously or whether it is the age old trick of the Chinese — big announcement and then nothing delivered?

We’ll also discuss the likelihood that Japan and/or South Korea will acquire a “first strike” capability as well as “mutually assured destruction” capabilities in order to balance the regional scale.

You can find Grant Newshams columns here, in Asia Times Online.

HYDROGEN BOMBS & DACA: Mac talks the news

United Nations U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley addresses a U.N. Security Council meeting on North Korea, Monday Sept. 4, 2017 at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

North Korea continued its provocative actions over the weekend with its largest nuclear detonation to date, what’s next?  We discuss that.

The President will also rescind DACA today, with a six-month delay to allow Congress to act.  We talk about whether or not Congress is capable of such action action which would address the legal status of an estimated twelve-million people in the United States.

OUR OPTIONS IN NORTH KOREA: John Allen, General USMC (ret)

John R. Allen
General USMC (Ret)
Brookings Institute
John R. Allen
General USMC (ret)

John Allen, General USMC (ret), is a Distinguished Fellow in Residence – Foreign Policy, Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at the Brookings Institute.  He joined us today to talk about the appointment of one of his best friends, John Kelly, to the White House Chief of Staff position; we’ll also discuss the current situation with North Korea and the role China COULD play if it so desired.

Always insightful, DON’T MISS THIS.


Grant Newsham
Japan Forum for Strategic Studies
Senior Researcher
Col USMC (ret)

Is it folly to expect China to intervene in North Korea?

What do real “sanctions” look like? 

We’ll talk about all of this with Grant Newsham, Col USMC (ret), a former intel officer and Pacific Rim expert.  WARNING:  Grant is not optimistic about the role China will play or that North Korea will cease and desist.


The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joe DUNFORD, appeared before the National Press Club yesterday (Monday, June 19 2017) and YOU NEED TO LISTEN TO HIS COMPLETE COMMENTS — you’ll be smarter, trust me.

The Chairman talks Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, SU-22’s being shot down, Russia, Turkey, Iran, North Korea, the Defense Budget and strategies in each of these regions as well as his vision of how American involvement contributes to success.  What you’ll get is complete answers to difficult questions, not sound bites.

Well done by the National Press Club!