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Creative Diplomacy is Vital to Defuse Korean Crisis

Kevin Rudd Op-Ed in Financial Times

South Korea firing Hyunmu-2 missiles into the East Sea during a South Korea-U.S. joint missile drill aimed to counter North Korea's ICBM test on July 29, 2017 in East Coast, South Korea. (South Korean Defense Ministry via Getty Images)

South Korea firing Hyunmu-2 missiles into the East Sea during a South Korea-U.S. joint missile drill aimed to counter North Korea's ICBM test on July 29, 2017 in East Coast, South Korea. (South Korean Defense Ministry via Getty Images)

10 August 2017
Kevin Rudd Op-Ed in Financial Times

In an op-ed for the Financial Times on August 10, 2017, ASPI President Kevin Rudd writes that that the international community might be sleepwalking into war on the Korean Peninsula. This is an excerpt from the original article

In his acclaimed book The Sleepwalkers, Christopher Clark wrote about how the great powers of 1914 stumbled into a pan-European war that not only destroyed much of the continent, but unleashed destructive forces that defined the global order for much of the following century.

Some of us fear that we are sleepwalking again, blindly unaware of the abyss that lies ahead. As a Chinese friend reminded me recently, war has its own logic. So too do crises. History teaches us they are both hard to stop once they start.

The greatest global flash point today is the Korean peninsula. Most analysts regard crisis and conflict over the North Korean nuclear programme as improbable. They are right. But the uncomfortable truth is that it is now becoming more possible.

Read the full article here.