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Thursday November 27th 2014
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Foreign Affairs

Reading Pyongyang’s Intentions with Japan

Reading Pyongyang’s Intentions with Japan

North Korea seems to be focused on a new era of humanitarian diplomacy. The recent release of US detainees Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller prompted many to argue that the potential sanction by the United Nations on human rights violations may be producing a new era of compromise in Pyongyang. But there seems little urgency in its discussions with Japan over the return of those Japanese abducted by the North Korean government since the 1970s. [Read More]

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Pyongyang’s Perpetual Power »

Pyongyang’s Perpetual Power Problems

While foreign observers and media have fixated on Kim Jong Un’s buildup of entertainment facilities such as water parks, fun fairs and a ski resort, the [Read More]


Media Busters: Is North Korea Building a Ballistic Missile Submarine? Media Busters: Is »

A recent article in Yonhap citing unnamed ROK Ministry of Defense sources as well as [Read More]

A Senior North Korean Banking Official Defects? A Senior North »

Office 39 (Image (c) 2012 DigitalGlobe; Courtesy of Michael Madden) Last Friday’s [Read More]

“Chat-to-China” Choo Choo: Kim Rides the Rails Again “Chat-to-China” »

The Wall Street Journal may be edited from somewhere to the right of Attila the Hun, but [Read More]

James Church

Inductive O »

Inductive O

I was out for a stroll in the cool of the morning when across the Avenida da Liberdade I spotted Inspector O shifting uncomfortably in a chair at a sidewalk café that was otherwise empty of patrons. On the table in front of him sat a glass and a small colorful vase [Read More]

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