The article published by John Feffer and Emanuel Pastreich in Foreign Policy in Focus, entitled "East Asia: A Farewell to Arms," makes a strong argument. It is one that former U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower and his top advisors would have appreciated. President Eisenhower's two terms in office were deeply conditioned by Korea. In the 1952 presidential campaign, he won the presidency in no small part because, as a popular World War II general, he pledged to go to Korea and bring that stalemated and unpopular (in the U.S.) conflict to an end. In 1961, Eisenhower's farewell speech from the oval office focused on the growing power of what he called the "military industrial complex." I recommend reading of the article just published in Foreign Policy in Focus, and viewing of President Dwight Eisenhower's remarkably prescient farewell address to the nation. (The video below is from the National Archives)
How does this relate to ICT sector issues? As Feffer and Pastreich argue, one of the more urgent problems facing Northeast Asia and indeed threatening its future, is climate change. There is growing awareness all around the world that information and communication technologies will be an important part of the solution to climate change.