NELSON INSTITUTE DIRECTOR DISCUSSES POLICY OPTIONS IN WAKE OF NORTH KOREAN MISSILE TESTS

July 5, 2006

HARRISONBURG—In an commentary today for national security resource Family Security Matters, Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, argues that in the light of North Korea’s missile tests yesterday, “it is clear that the only sensible long-term policy strategy is one of regime change.”

However, he notes that while this does not necessarily mean preparing a military campaign, it does require “that the United States and its allies should stop any policies that help strengthen a rogue regime that we need to ease off the world stage sooner or later” as well as “everything to heighten the pressure on the structural weaknesses of Kim Jong-Il’s rule.”

Dr. Pham is a contributing editor of Family Security Matters, which tries to provide national security and foreign affairs information in an accessible format in order to increase civic participation and political responsibility.

Dr. Pham’s essay, entitled “‘Don’t Feed the Animals’: How to Begin Dealing with North Korea’s Kim Jong-Il,” can be accessed by clicking here.