Why an Asia-Pacific Freeze?

The Pacific Freeze is a campaign to freeze and then reduce the military spending of the United States, Japan, China, Russia, South Korea, and North Korea. These countries, which are participating in the Six Party Talks, account for more than 65% of global military spending. We urgently need to address the dangerous escalation in global military spending, which has increased 45% over the last decade. We are wasting precious resources on preparing for war when the world faces a dire economic crisis and the planet faces a catastrophic climate crisis. We believe the place to begin is with the major military spenders, particularly the United States. We believe the first step is a Pacific Freeze.

The campaign is coordinated by the Institute for Policy Studies on behalf of peace activists and scholars in the above countries. We want the issue of military spending included in the regional discussions, but we also think that the six governments won't act without public pressure. We urge you to read our Call to Action and become an individual signatory.

Asian Perspective, Vol. 33, No. 4 (Winter 2009)

John Feffer from the Institute for Policy Studies was the guest editor for a special issue of Asian Perspective, a peer-reviewed social sciences journal of world and comparative politics. The issue focused on the arms race in Northeast Asia. Featured articles include:

  • “Introduction: An Arms Race in Northeast Asia?” – By: John Feffer
  • “An Emerging Trend in East Asia: Military Budget Increases and Their Impact” – By: Zhu Feng
  • “China’s Military Spending: Soft Rise or Hard Threat?” – By: Sean Chen and John Feffer
  • “Military Spending and the Arms Race on the Korean Peninsula” – By: Chung-In Moon and Sangkeun Lee
  • “Allied to Race? The U.S.-Korea Alliance and Arms Race” – By: Jae-Jung Suh
  • “Japan’s Military Spending at a Crossroads” – By: Akira Kawasaki
  • “Bucks for the Bang: North Korea’s Nuclear Program and Northeast Asian Military Spending” – By: Wade Huntley

Read more...

Military Spending

Australia to Let-Go Foreign Troops: Come Here

Posted on Dec. 29th Australia's military is looking to recruit foreign troops, particularly those let go in Britain where the government ...

N.Korea closer to nuclear-tipped missile – U.S. expert

Posted on Dec. 29th (Reuters) - North Korea likely is closer to mounting nuclear warheads on its ballistic missiles than generally ...

Japan decides to ease arms export ban.Way clear for joint intl arms development

Posted on Dec. 29th The government has officially decided to drastically revise the nation's so-called three principles on arms exports, which ...

Can Japan, Russia Transform Asia?

Posted on Dec 29th The shadow of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il’s death hangs over Northeast Asia as leaders work to ...

Chinese Navy Weapons Ambitions

Posted on Dec 21st The new phase of Chinese naval development could include even more new weapons and sensors than the ...

N.Korea closer to nuclear-tipped missile – U.S. expert

Posted on Dec. 29th (Reuters) – North Korea likely is closer to mounting nuclear warheads on its ballistic missiles than generally reported, possibly only one or two years away, the U.S. Congress’s former top expert on the issue has concluded. Larry Niksch, who tracked North Korea for the nonpartisan U.S. Congressional Research Service for 43 […]

N.Korea closer to nuclear-tipped missile – U.S. expert

Posted on Dec. 29th (Reuters) – North Korea likely is closer to mounting nuclear warheads on its ballistic missiles than generally reported, possibly only one or two years away, the U.S. Congress’s former top expert on the issue has concluded. Larry Niksch, who tracked North Korea for the nonpartisan U.S. Congressional Research Service for 43 […]

Japan decides to ease arms export ban.Way clear for joint intl arms development

Posted on Dec. 29th The government has officially decided to drastically revise the nation’s so-called three principles on arms exports, which would make it possible for Japan to participate in the development and production of military equipment with other countries, Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura said Tuesday. The announcement by the chief government spokesman came […]

N.Korea closer to nuclear-tipped missile – U.S. expert

Posted on Dec. 29th (Reuters) – North Korea likely is closer to mounting nuclear warheads on its ballistic missiles than generally reported, possibly only one or two years away, the U.S. Congress’s former top expert on the issue has concluded. Larry Niksch, who tracked North Korea for the nonpartisan U.S. Congressional Research Service for 43 […]

Pacific Freeze News Letter #1(KOR ver.)

안녕하십니까? Pacific Freeze의 첫 뉴스레터를 보내드립니다. 우리는 2008년 미국과 한국에서 가진 모임을 통해 “Pacific Freeze”를 발족했습니다. Call to Action 에서도 확인하실 수 있듯 우리는 미국의 주도하에 6자회담의 참가들이 군비를 동결 및 감축하기를 요구하고 있습니다. 우리에게 2009년은 참 바쁜 한 해가 될 것 같습니다. 네트워크를 구축하고 국제 회의를 열며 연구 결과들을 출판하고 Asian Perspective에 군비 관련 […]

North Korea’s military technology assistance

Posted on Dec 8th It’s no secret that North Korea has been providing missile technology to Syria, to Iran and to other countries, typically in the form of local assembly, although several of Pyongyang’s former missile customers have stopped their business. The issue of nuclear co-operation is quite a bit less clear. With regard to […]

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