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There You Go Again

There You Go Again

Our most important mission at 38 North is to help inform the public about developments related to North Korea. Part of that effort—and maybe the most important part—is to keep a close watch on Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs through commercial satellite imagery. Our analysts are all experts, some with decades of government [...]

Don Oberdorfer: History’s Gracious Scribe

Don Oberdorfer: History’s Gracious Scribe

During his long career as a journalist, Don Oberdorfer, who died July 23, 2015, not far into his 85th year, wrote a lot of newspaper articles. He interviewed countless sources, many of which were or became central figures in the events that shaped history. He traveled, he observed, he listened, and in many cases he was on the scene when key events [...]

How to Talk Kim Jong Un Off the Ledge

How to Talk Kim Jong Un Off the Ledge

This article was originally published by Foreign Policy. The original can be found here. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to Asia is an important opportunity to start fashioning an off-ramp from the crisis on the Korean peninsula. "We are seeking a partner to deal with in a rational and reasonable way," he said upon landing in [...]

About Yesterday

About Yesterday

“If our intelligence systems and all our other channels of information failed to produce an accurate image of Japanese intentions and capabilities, it was not for want of the relevant materials. Never before have we had so complete an intelligence picture of the enemy.” ~ Roberta Wohlstetter, Pearl Harbor: Warning and Decision These words [...]

Trouble in Pyongyang

Trouble in Pyongyang

This article was originally published on www.foreignpolicy.com as part of FP's "The President and the World" Special Report on November 5, 2012. The original post can be found here. Whoever wins Tuesday's election will face a long list of foreign-policy challenges, ranging from Iran's nuclear weapons program to the Arab Spring. Usually [...]

GoogleEarth 3D Model of the Unha-3 Flight Path

GoogleEarth 3D Model of the Unha-3 Flight Path

DPRK Study Team members, Lew Franklin and Dick Donald, at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) have developed a GoogleEarth model of the Unha-3 trajectory. This model is based on Unha-2 physical measurement estimates by MIT’s Theodore Postol, but with flight parameters significantly modified by new [...]

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