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Tuesday September 2nd 2014
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Foreign Affairs

The Incheon Asiad: Playing Games, Or a Game-Changer?

The Incheon Asiad: Playing Games, Or a Game-Changer?

Antonio Gramsci or Yogi Berra? It’s not often you see those two in the same sentence. Yet I find these two figures—or rather, things each of them said—helpful in sketching a dilemma which faces all of us in the North Korea business. In a phrase: Dare we hope for better things? Yes, said the Italian Marxist…with qualifications. His famous maxim proclaimed: “Pessimism of the intelligence, optimism of the will.” In tough times, when [Read More]


James Church

Bridge Building »

Bridge Building

Here we are, almost at the end of the US-ROK joint military exercise Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG), and the situation is eerily calm. DPRK commentary at [Read More]


Military Affairs

North Korea, Hamas, and Hezbollah: Arm in Arm? North Korea, Hamas, »

North Korea’s arms exports to US-designated terrorist organizations in the Middle East [Read More]


North Korea Drones On North Korea Drones »

The April 2012 presentation of domestically manufactured unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, [Read More]


When A Cruise Missile Is Just A Cruise Missile When A Cruise »

After the release earlier this week of “Translating a Noun into a Verb Pyongyang Style: [Read More]


Credit for photo of young North Korean girl: T.M. All rights reserved, used with permission.