FROM Bruce Bennett
What to expect from the North Korea-U.S. summit President Trump says he’ll meet with North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un on June 12 in Singapore. The announcement comes after three Korean-American men were released from a North Korean prison. In the past, China has been a big part of the U.S. strategy to pressure North Korea -- to mixed results. We look at the role China will play now.
North Korea conducts its fifth nuclear test North Korea has conducted its fifth -- and perhaps biggest -- underground test of a nuclear bomb. It's the second test this year alone, and comes just after President Obama left a summit of Asian leaders in the region. What does this development mean for tensions in the region and for US efforts to enforce UN sanctions against the North? Bruce Bennett is a senior defense analyst at the RAND Corporation and a specialist in Northeast Asian military issues.
The Fallout from the Sony's Retreat After a massive cyber-attack, Sony Pictures received a threat of violence at showings of The Interview — a comedy that shows the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Tonight's New York premier has been cancelled along with the general release planned for Christmas Day. US intelligence officials now say there is "99% certainty" that hackers working for North Korea conducted the cyber-attack on Sony. Officials say there are "no good options" for the government to respond.
The Latest Crisis with North Korea North Korea has seized the world's attention with a new reactor, a new plant for enriching uranium and an artillery attack killing two South Korean civilians. In response, the US will hold joint military exercises with South Korea, including a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier strike group. North Korea's provocations could constitute a demand for renewed diplomacy or a show of power by an untested new leader. What about China? What are the implications for American policy?
The Latest Crisis with North Korea North Korea has seized the world's attention with a new reactor, a new plant for enriching uranium and an artillery attack killing two South Korean civilians. As a first response, the US will hold joint military exercises with South Korea, including a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier strike group. North Korea's provocations could constitute a demand for renewed diplomacy or a show of power by an untested new leader. Old hands see familiar patterns, but they still disagree. What about China? What are the implications for American policy — past, present and future?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.