Monday, June 12 2017 — Hour 2
Grant Newsham, Col USMC (ret), and our Pacific Rim Security expert joined us to interpret the latest events from the Korean Peninsula, (1) South Korea pausing the THAAD battery deployment, (2) North Korea’s surface-to-ship missile demonstration and (3) American diplomats singing China’s praises for pressuring North Korea with no apparent evidence of progress.
We also discuss the ongoing siege on Mindanao between the Philippine Army partnered with US Special Forces and Islamic Fundamentalists which is the latest chapter in the a decades old conflict.
A GREAT translator of things in the Western Pacific.
Monday, June 05 2017, Hour 2
Grant Newsham, Col USMC (ret), joined the program to discuss his recent article in the Asia Times entitled “US Marines and Okinawa: Enough exasperation to go around“
We discuss US Marine presence on Okinawa and Japanese politics relative to that. Our presence in Guam and Australia and the future of the South China Sea.
Grant also attempts to answer the question — what’s in the future for our Western Pacific allies
Grant Newsham, Col USMC (ret) — an intelligence officer by trade discusses two issues in the news with us:
(1) The high level “leaks’ that we read about almost on a daily basis
(2) The situation in the Western Pacific — has China taken ANY tangible step to reign in North Korea?
Grant Newsham is a Researcher, Commentator and Consultant on Asia/Pacific Defense issues and a senior research fellow at the Japan Forum for Strategic Studies in Tokyo.
Grant lays out the “general situation” on the Korean Peninsula and how Japan and China each view the current situation in North Korea.
We discuss the ramifications of a military confrontation on the Korean Peninsula and it’s impact on the region.
Finally, we discuss sanctions that could be used to compel North Korea to the bargaining table IF China decided to cooperate in the implementation of those sanctions.
A GREAT discussion of an incredibly complex situation, Grant Newsham is a wonderful guest who breaks down this issue so that all of us can have a better understand of it.