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Evil geniuses, stumbling fools, or something in between, we will attempt to divine the real motives behind Pyongyang’s foreign policy moves.

The Yeonpyeong Island Incident

The Yeonpyeong Island Incident

In a 38 North Special Report, Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. provides an in-depth account of the North Korean shelling of Yeonpyeong Island on November 23, 2010, as well as the implications of this hostile exchange for the two Koreas and the international community at large. Excerpt: The Yellow Sea—known as the West Sea to Koreans—along the [...]

Suicidal, Calculating, or Constrained? Yeonpyeong Island and North Korea’s Motives

Suicidal, Calculating, or Constrained? Yeonpyeong Island and North Korea’s Motives

If I were slightly more egocentric, I would suspect that Kim Jong Il always waits until I travel abroad to do something spectacular, finding sinister pleasure in my desperate attempts to keep up with the course of events and urgent requests for comments. I suppose reality is a bit more complex. Sometimes, one can’t help but ask: Do they want [...]

The Future of North-South Relations: Short Term Perspectives

The Future of North-South Relations: Short Term Perspectives

On July 15, 2010, 38 North held a workshop that gathered together experts from the U.S., South Korea, Europe, China and Japan, to discuss the latest developments regarding North Korea, both internal and external, with the goal of identifying future research priorities. We are pleased to provide excerpts of that dialogue for our readers. The [...]

Post-Cheonan DPRK Foreign Policy: Signs and Signals

Post-Cheonan DPRK Foreign Policy: Signs and Signals

On July 15, 2010, 38 North held a workshop that gathered together experts from the U.S., South Korea, Europe, China and Japan, to discuss the latest developments regarding North Korea, both internal and external, with the goal of identifying future research priorities. We are pleased to provide excerpts of that dialogue for our readers. The [...]

Post-Cheonan Inter-Korean and Sino-DPRK Relations

Post-Cheonan Inter-Korean and Sino-DPRK Relations

On July 15, 2010, 38 North held a workshop that gathered together experts from the U.S., South Korea, Europe, China and Japan, to discuss the latest developments regarding North Korea, both internal and external, with the goal of identifying future research priorities. We are pleased to provide excerpts of that dialogue for our readers. The [...]

What do Fox News and North Korea Have in Common?

What do Fox News and North Korea Have in Common?

Greta Van Susteren of Fox News and Pyongyang seem to be in agreement, or at least to share assumptions about the puppet-puppetmaster nature of the U.S.-ROK relationship. ”Why won’t South Korea back us 100%? We don’t need 95%, we need 100%” she whines on her on her Gretawire blog published by Fox News. Her assessment of South Korea’s [...]

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