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North KoreaNuclear SecurityThursday, February 27, 2014

Yahoo! News Covers NSN North Korea Event on Capitol Hill

US ex-envoy says dialogue vital with North Korea February 27, 2014 | Yahoo! News   Washington (AFP) – The US diplomat who led the last substantive denuclearization negotiations with North Korea urged fresh dialogue Wednesday, warning that the long gap in talks only aggravated the risks. Christopher Hill represented the United States in six-nation talks in which Pyongyang agreed in 2005 and 2007 to give up its nuclear weapons in return for aid and security guarantees. Relations have since worsened significantly, with North Korea defiantly carrying out another nuclear test last year. Hill presented an independent report that urged more “robust diplomacy” with North Korea. The study, by the National Security Network and the National Committee on North Korea, called for the United States to… Read More ›

North KoreaThursday, February 27, 2014

Wall Street Journal Covers NSN Paper & Event On North Korea

Seeking a New U.S. Approach to North Korea February 27, 2014 Alastair Gale | Wall Street Journal Has the U.S. outsourced its North Korea policy to China? On his recent swing through Northeast Asia, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry emphasized the role that he wants Beijing to play in reining in Pyongyang’s nuclear program. China, he said after meeting its leaders, provided commitments for new action to steer North Korea toward denuclearization. No specifics were given.   For the original piece, click here.   Read More ›

North KoreaNuclear SecurityWednesday, February 26, 2014

Rep. Eliot Engel Comments on NSN Paper and Event

Rep. Eliot L. Engel, the senior Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement following today’s event on the challenges posed by a nuclear North Korea hosted by the National Committee on North Korea and the National Security Network. ” I would like to acknowledge John Bradshaw of the National Security Network (NSN), and Karin Lee of the National Committee on North Korea (NCNK), for their work on the joint report that seeks to tackle the difficult issues in dealing with North Korea. I also want to thank Ambassador Chris Hill, our former lead negotiator to the Six-Party Talks, who knows first-hand the challenge of negotiating with the North Koreans. To read comments in their entirety, please click here. Read More ›

North KoreaNuclear SecurityWednesday, February 26, 2014

NSN Paper and Event Discussed in Global Security Newswire

Experts Call for Steps to Jump-Start North Korea Nuclear Engagement February 26, 2014   Rachel Oswald | Global Security Newswire   A new expert report recommends changing U.S. policy on North Korea denuclearization to focus more on interim steps and crisis-stability measures. A paper by the National Security Network and the National Committee on North Korea argues a change of approach is needed as the current policy of refusing to engage until Pyongyang first takes serious disarmament steps “risks de facto recognition of North Korea as a nuclear power.” …   For the original piece, click here. The article was also posted by the National Journal here, and by World News here. Read More ›

North KoreaWednesday, February 26, 2014

REPORT: U.S. Policy towards North Korea

U.S. Policy towards North Korea: Strategic Shaping and Interim Steps to Denuclearization For Immediate Release: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the National Security Network and the National Committee on North Korea released the paper, “U.S. Policy towards North Korea: Strategic Shaping and Interim Steps to Denuclearization.” The paper’s release coincided with an event on Capitol Hill featuring Ambassador Christopher Hill, NSN Executive Director John Bradshaw, and NCNK Executive Director Karin Lee. Below is an executive summary of the paper. To read the full report, click here. North Korea’s WMD program advances pose an increasing threat to the U.S. while its brinksmanship tactics create instability and the risk of conflict arising from miscalculation. The administration’s emphasis on coordination with South Korea, Japan, and China is an important step toward… Read More ›

North KoreaNuclear SecurityWednesday, February 26, 2014

John Bradshaw Quoted In Reuters Coverage of NSN North Korea Event

U.S. needs to do more in approach to North Korea talks: report   February 26, 2014 David Brunnstrom | Reuters   (Reuters) – U.S. foreign policy and North Korea experts said in a report released on Wednesday that the United States should engage more with North Korea as a way to revive talks aimed at ending Pyongyang’s nuclear-weapons program. The joint report from two think tanks, National Security Network and the National Committee on North Korea, said Washington needs to shift from an “all or nothing” approach requiring Pyongyang to meet conditions for the resumption of nuclear talks with major powers that were suspended in 2009. … John Bradshaw, executive director of the National Security Network, said the report would be circulated on Capitol Hill… Read More ›

Human RightsIranFriday, February 7, 2014

John Bradshaw at Xavier University Discussing Iran

Iran and Nuclear Negotiations, Human Rights and Other Emerging Regional Priorities Time: 5:45 PM until 8:30 PM Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 Location: Schiff Family Conference Center at Cintas, Xavier Contact: cummins@xavier.edu or call 513-745-3922 Description: Join us on February 11 for an instructive, engaging and broad-ranging discussion of Iran, human rights and other foreign policy matters with the Executive Director of the National Security Network-John Bradshaw. Registration/Cash Bar opens at 5:45pm, Dinner begins at 6:30pm, Lecture and Discussion 7:15-8:30pm. FPLC, Brueggeman Center, and World Affairs Council members -$25/Guests-$30.  RSVP to kstrunk@fbtlaw.com or call 513-651-6166.  Pay at event or send check (payable to F{LC) to Joe Dehner, 3300 Great American Tower, 301 E. 4th Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202. For further information, please see    /dialogue/documents/FPLCJohnBradshaw-TuesdayFebruary11invitation.doc For the original website posting, click here. Read More ›

Heather HurlburtIranNuclear SecurityP5+1 TalksSaturday, November 23, 2013

Heather Hurlburt Quoted In Defense One On Recent Iran Deal

Done Deal: Iran to Suspend Nuclear Program, Roll Back Weaponization By Kevin Baron November 23, 2013 | Defense One HALIFAX, Nova Scotia — Iran has bowed to international demands and agreed to halt its nuclear program in a sweeping six-month deal with Western powers that observers are calling a major diplomatic victory for the Obama administration. President Barack Obama, in a televised statement from the White House late Saturday night, called the deal out of Geneva an “important first step toward a comprehensive solution.” “These are substantial limitations which will help prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon,” said the president. According to the White House, Iran has agreed to halt any enrichment of its uranium stockpiles above 5 percent and to “neutralize” its current stockpiles of… Read More ›

appropsCongressDepartment of DefenseGuantanamoHouseMilitaryNewSTARTNukesThursday, July 25, 2013

More Self-inflicted Wounds on National Security

With sequester talks stalemated and the military sounding the alarm, it was surprising to see the Defense Appropriations bill passed yesterday add to those challenges rather than alleviate them by increasing the risks of the Pentagon being forced to fire civilian workers, blocking moves to address the festering wounds of Guantanamo Prison, investing in systems the military doesn’t want and undermining nuclear security. However, not all the news was bad as forward-looking members of Congress took steps to allow for reducing the bloat of senior officers in the military and saved billions of dollars of waste. Boxing the military into a corner on key policy and budget issues undermines U.S. interests and security.  Blocking DoD civilian employee furloughs may lead to layoffs. CQ reports that “The House-passed… Read More ›

ChinaCompetitivenessdiplomacyInternational EconomyNorth KoreaWednesday, July 10, 2013

U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Outlook

Today, the annual U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) introduces four top officials all new to their posts: Secretary of State John Kerry, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, Chinese Vice-Premier Wang Yang and State Councilor Yang Jiechi. The dialogue highlights recent positive trends in complex security and economic relations between the two powers where enormous differences remain – cybersecurity, North Korea, maritime disputes, investment and financial policy –   though no concrete deliverables are likely. Security: signs of progress, difficult road ahead: Cybersecurity working group meets for first time as U.S. military leaders highlight enormous challenges. Politico reports, “top Obama administration officials met with Chinese leaders Monday for a special cybersecurity working group that preceded the official Strategic and Economic Dialogue…Senior administration sources told reporters after the… Read More ›

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