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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 [...]

Will Kim Jong Un Visit the Rocket Launch?

Will Kim Jong Un Visit the Rocket Launch?

North Korea appears to have been conducting a beautification effort at the Sohae launch center before its upcoming rocket launch. Whether that effort is related to the visit of foreign press on April 8, of foreign observers, or of government dignitaries remains unclear. But it is worth noting that Kim Jong Il observed the April 5, 2009 launch of [...]

Dealing with the Kims

Dealing with the Kims

This article originally appeared on www.foreignpolicy.com, and has been reprinted with permission. The original can be found here: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/02/21/nuclear_north?page=full. This week's meeting between U.S. Special Envoy Glyn Davies and North Korean First Vice Foreign Minister Kim Gye Gwan will be the first [...]

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