Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Bits and Pieces - Wikileaks Edition

A number of countries, not just Pakistan, have been balky about allowing enriched uranium fuel to be removed from the research reactors, usually located at universities, that were distributed by the United States and Soviet Union a few decades back. And, illustrating our points about not taking the cables at face value, one apparently got something wrong: you can't produce enriched uranium in a reactor.

Nice to have a break from the usual foreign-policy nonsense.

Stephen Walt asks a question similar to one I've been wondering about:
how much would world politics change if all these conversations were held in public so that people could see and hear what was being said?
My question is how would the situation with Iran have played out if all the material so far made public had been made public as it became available? I might work on that if I have time (highly doubtful). I suspect that in the case of Iran, war would have been somewhat more likely, but I'm not at all convinced of that.

China and North Korean reunification.

Added later: Cautions from Steven Hadley and Zbigniew Brzezinski on reading the cables.

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