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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.

Scrapping the Second Summit: Lee Myung Bak’s Fateful Mis-step

Scrapping the Second Summit: Lee Myung Bak’s Fateful Mis-step

If only…. Counterfactuals may be in vain, yet they are insistent. If Lee Myung Bak had been the pragmatic moderate he claimed to be, and had kept on with his predecessors’ policy of engagement with Pyongyang—as many expected he would—where might Korea be now? Surely in no worse state than today’s edgy gloom, and arguably much safer [...]

Lee Myung Bak, Pragmatic Moderate? The Way We Were, 2007

Lee Myung Bak, Pragmatic Moderate? The Way We Were, 2007

In 1962, Decca records turned down the Beatles, saying guitar groups were on their way out. A few years later, the teenage Janis Ian’s manager rejected an offer for her to headline at some unknown gig in a muddy field in upstate New York; so Janis never got to play Woodstock. And then there was Kim Man Bok. On December 18, 2007, a day before [...]

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 [...]

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