William R. McKinneyWilliam R. McKinney is currently a Visiting Scholar at the US-Korea Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Mr. McKinney (US Army, Ret.) was formerly the Northeast Asia Policy Branch Chief and the Senior Country Director for the Koreas; Northeast Asia Policy Division, HQ, US Pacific Command (USPACOM). He also supported USPACOM missions as the Director of the DPRK Strategic Focus Group (SFG) and Deputy of Strategy and Policy Division. With over 45 years of experience in Asian Affairs, Mr. McKinney has provided his analysis and insight to the US government, international organizations and private businesses. Mr. McKinney holds a MA in Political Science from the University of Colorado, majoring in international relations, and a BS from the US Military Academy. He also graduated from the US Army War College and Korean Army Staff College.
North Korea’s Supreme Leader, Kim Jong Un, proclaimed during his annual 2017 New Year’s address that the DPRK military is in the “final stages in preparations to test-launch an intercontinental ballistic rocket.” A North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM, would be capable of threatening the continental United States. As a [...]
For centuries, the Korean peninsula has been the fulcrum in Northeast Asia’s balance of power equation. It sits at the nexus of Chinese, Japanese, American, and Russian vital national interests. To this end, international relations scholars describe the peninsula as an arena of conflict and competition; or as a tinderbox, a flashpoint for [...]