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What we’re watching: January 15 to January 21, 2018

♦ The Jan 15-16 Vancouver meeting of foreign ministers to discuss the situation in Korea. The joint hosts are Canada and the US with 20 countries expected to be in attendance. Many are members of the UN Command which fought the Korean War and signed the 1953 armistice agreement. Today, the UNC’s main functions are to help maintain the armistice and to serve as a force provider in the event additional “UN” military forces have to be sent to the peninsula. While the meeting is considered largely redundant to other efforts to deal with the problem of North Korea, it may serve to remind the democracies that the threat from Pyongyang isn’t just a problem for the Seoul or Washington. It was once theirs, too, and still is.
♦ US Vice President Mike Pence heads to the Middle East for long-delayed meetings with the leaders of Egypt, Jordan and Israel Jan 19-22. The ostensible reason for his mission is to discuss the President’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. It’s quite likely, however, that the real purpose is to brief these allies on the Middle East policy Trump is expected to announce soon, and to get them to think creatively about breaking the stalemate in the “peace process”.
♦ Nursultan Nazarbayev will be in Washington on Tuesday to meet with President Trump. Nazarbayev is the dictator of Kazahkstan and not a particularly savoury visitor, but he could be useful if NATO needs to revive the idea of a Northern Distribution Network military supply line into Afghanistan if things get nasty with the Pakistanis.


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