Negotiating the The Nuclear Deal with Iran

 

 

What is the nuclear deal that has been negotiated with Iran and just how did the U.S. get here?

There are serious questions as to whether it will succeed  as there are areas where it does come up remarkably short. What does this initial deal really mean for future US relations with Iran, with Israel, and all the countries of the Middle East? What opportunities and risks does it hold for the US and the world?

 

 

 

 

 

David Day engages in a fascinating and educational conversation with  Professor Jeswald Salacuse from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University, and David Santoro, the nuclear expert at Pacific Forum CSIS in Honolulu. Dr. Salacuse is the former Dean of the Fletcher School, a prolific writer on the topic of international negotiations.

 

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Russia’s Asia “Pivot” with Focus on Energy

     In this broadcast,“Asia-in- Review” Host Hong Jiang explores Russia’s recent foreign policy and geopolitical shifts into Asia followed by its fascinating energy moves into the Region with international business lawyer & professor,  David Day.

     The program starts with the recent Russian foreign policy moves into the Middle East after the U.S. Syria debacle, followed by the new Russian military arms sales to Egypt, and some discussion of Russia’s client nuclear state, Iran. The Russian geopolitical moves into Asia are next, as Hong Jiang discusses with Mr. Day, Putin’s recent trip to Vietnam, along with Russia’s  (1) Kilo class submarine sales to Vietnam,(2)  mutual defense pact, and then (3), new joint venture operations between Vietnam’s PetroVietnam and Russian energy companies for joint oil & gas exploration efforts in both the South China (“East Sea” in Vietnam) and the Artic Seas.

     Next, the conversation turns to the critical and fascinating energy “pivot” that Russia is now engaged in, shifting its focus from its former European gas and oil pipeline customers to new pipeline developments with Japan, South Korea, and yes, even North Korea.

     Russia’s foreign policy regarding The Korean Peninsula is also probed.

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CyberSecurity: Protecting the Essential Business

Amin Leiman U.S. nuclear powerplant cybersecurity consultant

Amin Leiman
U.S. nuclear powerplant cybersecurity consultant

In this fascinating and educational program, Mr. Amin Leiman, a cybersecurity consultant for nuclear power plants in the U.S. and formerly, the Director of IT Audit at Hawaiian Electric Industries, lays out the vulnerabilities of “essential” (e.g. banks, power plants, air traffic control, etc.)  businesses in the United States to cyber hacking. 

The show conversation moves from an examination of the vulnerabilities and risks to a discussion with David Day on how it is that the essential business conducts itself to protect against cyber attacks and espionage. The discussion includes interesting disclosures and tips how knowledgeable and even low-level employees are “socially hacked.”

The program concludes with an overview of the safety/preventative measures and how the most dangerous of our business enterprises, nuclear power plants, are actually protected.

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American Eyes Inside North Korea’s Nuclear Facilities and Others

Nicole FinnemanFormerly, Korea Economic Institute, Washington, D.C.

Nicole Finneman
Formerly, Korea Economic Institute,
Washington, D.C

 

 

 

Hosted by David Day, this television program aired statewide in Hawaii and features, as its special guest, Ms. Nicole Finneman, formerly with the Korea Economic Institute in Washington, D.C.  Ms. Finneman, an American eyewitness inside North Korea’s Yongbyon nuclear facility and other fascinating facilities and locations throughout the country, talks about those experiences.

The conversation turns from the Yongbyon visit to the potential business and commerce development in North Korea and references American firms now lining up to do business in North Korea in the future, including the Korean-American-owned, Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (a private university).

Ms. Finneman talks about her visits to various commercial enterprises, the Koryolink mobile phone explosion in the country, and the market/commercial developments within the country. (Koryolink, a joint venture between the Egyptian company Orascom Telecom Holdings and the state-owned Korea Post and Telecommunications Corporation, is North Korea’s only 3G mobile operator.)

Nicole also discusses  her visit to the digital libraries at Kim Il Sung University and their remarkable high tech facilities which many universities in the U.S. currently do not have…but only connected to an intranet–no internet.

Finally, Ms. Finneman and David Day talk about the infrastructure for commerce and foreign investment that is now being put into place in North Korea and her crystal-ball view of the potential for change in that country.

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The Korean War & Its Armistice: Unfinished Framework for a Future

Hyunh-Oh Kim, Consul for Political Affairs Consulate, Republic of Korea

Hyun-Oh Kim, Consul for Political Affairs Consulate, Republic of Korea, Honolulu

               June 25, 1950 marked the beginning of the Korean War and in Hawaii, as well as in many other locations around the globe, ceremonies of commemoration were held. The ceremony in Hawaii is the starting point for this conversation that covers a brief overview of the Korean War, its decimation of South Korea, and the uneasy truce that punctuates the DMZ–all of which has served to create a framework for the unfinished future of Northeast Asia. Korean Consul Kim discusses the rise of South Korea, literally from ashes, to the global stage and credits that rise, in significant part, to the critical involvement of the United States in the war and its assistance to South Korea in the rebuilding process.

Seongho Hong  Kelley Fellow  Pacific Forum CSIS

Seongho Hong
Kelley Fellow
Pacific Forum CSIS

Seongho Kim, talks about the missing piece in the framework for Northeast Asia–North Korea. He also emphasizes that the Korean War Armistice froze the 2 Koreas in place, along the DMZ, and effectively blocked the Korean peninsula from developing economically to its full potential. Both Counsel Kim and Seongho drill down on the missing piece and the need to somehow get North Korea back to the bargaining table for not only nuclear talks but also the discussion of economic development (for North Korea) options.

 

Kerry Gershaneck, former US Marine Officer stationed in Korea and Senior Associate and Director of Governmental Affairs, Pacific Forum CSIS

Kerry Gershaneck, former US Marine Officer stationed in Korea and Senior Associate and Director of Governmental Affairs, Pacific Forum CSIS

Finally, the discussion between Consul Kim, Seongho Hong and Kerry Gershaneck looks at Mdme. President Park’s current visit to Beijing and the interesting language issued in the Joint Communique between China and South Korea directed at North Korea.

Host: David Day

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New Construction coming: Hawaii’s Foreign Trade Zone

      Mr. David Sikkink outlines the history and purpose of the foreign trade zones in the United States, describes the customs duty and tax advantages for a business and then talks about the setup option of remote, and even individual, Foreign Trade Zone sites to accommodate the needs of a particular business. Mr. Sikkink then describes the coming August 2013 construction of new offices and a new executive education facility on the Mauka end of the Foreign Trade Zone near Ala Moana boulevard right across from Restaurant Row. Mr. Sikkink explains that this new construction as an integral part of the new, “one-stop shop” concept for international business which the Foreign Trade Zone now has underway with exporting companies, customs brokers, shippers, and all kinds of educational training for both goods and services exporting firms–all under that one, big roof across from Restaurant Row.

 

 

 

 

 

      The conversation turns to a linkage of this new educational facility with the downtown business community using the pedestrian bridge that HPU will be constructing to allow foot traffic to cross over top of Nimitz, linking Fort Street Mall, the Bishop Street business community and the new HPU facilities at Aloha Tower–with the new education facility at the Foreign Trade Zone, a short distance away. The discussion turns to the revitalization of the entire Pier 2 area with cruise ship traffic being shifted from Aloha Tower over to Pier 2 and the coming development of commercial venders to service the incoming cruise ship tourists in the Pier 2 area (on the makai end of Channel street).

 

David Sikkink Acting Adminstrator Hawaii's Foreign Trade Zone No. 9

David Sikkink
Acting Adminstrator
Hawaii’s Foreign Trade Zone No. 9

 

     Finally, the show conversation shifts to FTZ’s giant roof and the phase 2 construction plan to develop a substantial photo-voltaic system on the FTZ roof to lower its operating budget as well as serve as a giant marquee for the State’s renewable energy expertise and programs.

     This television show, hosted by David Day, features M. David Sikkink as its special guest. Mr. Sikkink is the Acting Administrator for Hawaii’s Foreign Trade Zone No. 9.

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Assisting American Business in Asia

An in-depth interview with Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Asia, Craig Allen. Hosted for Hawaii statewide television by David Day, this program explores the role of the the U.S. Department of Commerce in facilitating American business in Asian markets.

The show covers the significance of exports, initiatives for tourism, special business opportunities that are coming, the significance of the U.S. Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) and its impact upon the U.S. and Hawaii, in particular. Interestingly, the conversation also turns to the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and special issues involving trade between the U.S. and China.

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Shizuoka Prefecture: Japan’s Rising Star

       A fascinating discussion with a most unusual Japanese political leader, Dr. Heita Kawakatsu, Govenor of the Shizuoka Prefecture and the home of Mt. Fuji. In terms of disaster preparation and training, Shizuoka Prefecture is now on the cutting edge for the Region.

This in-depth conversation includes discussion about Shizuoka’s renewable energy policy in the wake of the closure of its own nuclear plants, its remarkable initiative facilitating U.S. Japan disaster cooperation, and its clean energy strategy with the State of  Hawaii and Hawaii’s clean energy industry.

 

Hosted for Hawaii statewide television by international business lawyer David Day, Govenor Kawakatsu also addresses shifting public opinion in Shizuoka regarding public attitudes towards the U.S. military and Marine Corps in particular.  As the home of Japan’s icon, Mt. Fuji, Govenor Kawakatsu speaks about the cultural significance of Mt. Fuji and its upcoming designation as a World Cultural Heritage site.

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