Asia has begun to claim a stronger voice in defining and managing global affairs. But it is still struggling to define the larger role it wants to play.
In September, China won itself a (slightly) larger voice at the International Monetary Fund. Asia is also poised to take its turn at the United Nations, with the appointment of South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki Moon as the next secretary-general. Japan and India continue to push for permanent seats on the UN Security Council.
Clearly, it is past time for Asia’s growing global importance to be reflected in the world’s governing institutions. But these minor steps will make little difference to the world or to Asia’s role in steering globalisation. By focusing on such trivial, Asia’s governments are missing out on what could be Asia’s opportunity to reshape and improve how the world is run.
The future of trade in U.S.-Japan relations
The specific language North Korea is using to describe denuclearization is an old phrase, and anybody who has dealt with Pyongyang understands what it means. Kim [Jong Un] has no intention of giving up the nuclear weapons his regime has struggled and sacrificed so much to build. Kim Jong Un has conducted more nuclear tests than his father and is more determined than his father or his grandfather to make nuclear weapons a pillar of the regime's survival strategy.