Fire and Fury: an interview with Tim Coles on the North Korean crisis and US policy in east Asia.

Here is a link to my interview with Tim Coles, about the North Korean crisis and US policy in east Asia. I will embed it as soon as Podomatic get back to me about how to do that.

In this episode, Tim Coles is my guest to discuss the latest events in the North Korean crisis and strategic interests of the countries immersed in the crisis, especially the United States, and the US’s broader involvement in east Asia. Topics discussed include: having a book title in common with Michael Wolff’s book about the Trump White House; the actual state of North Korean nuclear weapons and missile development; American strategic assessments of North Korean goals; the ambiguity in American policy regarding North Korea; ‘full spectrum dominance’ as part of a war economy; the ‘Asia pivot’ as part of US policy regarding east Asia; THAAD and other ‘missile defence’ systems as offensive weapons; Chinese strategic goals; the humanitarian effect of economic sanctions; de-escalation as a state-led part of peace; citizen-led paths to peace; and the risk of an accidental war.

Tim Coles is the author of Fire and Fury, whose subtitle is How the US Isolates North Korea, Encircles China and Risks Nuclear War in Asia, published by Clairview Books in December 2017. He is a founder and director of the Plymouth Institute for Peace Research, whose website is pipr.co.uk. In the past two years, he has written a series of timely books about geopolitical and economic matters, published by Clairview, namely Britain’s Secret Wars, The Great Brexit Swindle, President Trump Inc., he edited Voices for Peace.

Show notes:

T. J. Coles, Fire and Fury: How the US Isolates North Korea, Encircles China and Risk Nuclear War in Asia (Clairview Books, 2017). (Clairview / Amazon UK / Amazon USA / Book Depository.)

New York Times, “How U.S. Intelligence Agencies Underestimated North Korea” (6 January, 2018).

Asahi Shimbun, “North Korea said to be testing anthrax-tipped ballistic missiles” (20 December, 2017).

Daily Telegraph, Exclusive: US making plans for ‘bloody nose’ attack on North Korea” (20 December, 2017).

National Security Strategy of the United States of America (December 2017).

 

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