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Stephen Bosworth: A Master Diplomat

Stephen Bosworth: A Master Diplomat

Seven former US ambassadors to the Republic of Korea gather for the inauguration of the US-Korea Institute at SAIS in 2006. (From left to right: Alexander Vershbow, Thomas C. Hubbard, Stephen W. Bosworth, Christopher R. Hill, James T. Laney, Donald Gregg, and James R. Lilley. Photo: Kaveh Sardari/US-Korea Institute at SAIS) America lost a [...]

Editor’s Note

Editor’s Note

This has been an eventful week with Pyongyang’s alleged H-bomb test on Tuesday. But all of us at 38 North and the US-Korea Institute at SAIS also want to make sure that the passing of Ambassador Stephen Bosworth, who died Sunday at his home in Boston, gets its due attention. A valued colleague, friend and mentor for myself over 20 years, Steve [...]

Steve Bosworth: An Appreciation

Steve Bosworth: An Appreciation

(Image: Pool/Getty Images AsiaPac) Steve Bosworth was my boss, my mentor and my friend. By the time I first met Steve, he had already had a highly successful first career as one of America’s most distinguished ambassadors. A mutual friend, Bob Gallucci, introduced us and asked if we would like to start a new organization, not even yet [...]

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 [...]

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