New York Times, HuffPost Live Interview Ohio Wesleyan Professor

Sean Kay Discusses U.S. Missile Defense Systems, Strategies
Sean Kay

Sean Kay

DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University professor and global security expert Sean Kay, Ph.D., says the Pentagon’s decision to cancel the next phase of a Europe-based missile defense system in favor of shifting resources to protect against North Korea makes sense.

Kay commented on the decision in Saturday’s New York Times. “In effect, by sticking with a plan that was neither likely to work in the last stage but was creating significant and needless diplomatic hurdles at the same time, we gained nothing,” he told reporters.

Read the full New York Times article, “U.S. Cancels Part of Missile Defense That Russia Opposed.”

On Wednesday, Kay participated in a HuffPost Live panel discussion with host Josh Zepps. Joining Kay on the panel were John Deni, Ph.D., research professor of national security studies at the Strategic Studies Institute, and Natalia Antonova, acting editor-in-chief for Russia’s Moscow News.

Kay said the United States can’t rely on missiles for protection and peace of mind.

“We really need to be assertive and leaning forward in our diplomacy and figuring out how to get to the root of these conflicts before it would ever get to the point where we have to rely on largely unproven, battle-tested systems,” he said.

Watch the HuffPost Live discussion, “Is Obama Wooing Putin?

Kay is a politics and government professor and director of international studies at Ohio Wesleyan, a Mershon Associate at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies at The Ohio State University, and a fellow in foreign policy and national security at the Eisenhower Institute in Washington, D.C. He also is the author of “Global Security in the Twenty-First Century: The Quest for Power and the Search for Peace (second edition.)”

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