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Just a game? Homefront’s sick, stupid Korean invasion fantasy

Just a game? Homefront’s sick, stupid Korean invasion fantasy

Not to know what you are talking about is pretty obviously a bad move. But it never stops some people, does it? And on this occasion, I’m not about to let it stop me. This has to be said. Venturing into unfamiliar terrain can be unwise, so I’m taking a risk here. But they started it, not me. There comes a time when real men must face down the [...]

Rethinking Economic Engagement with North Korea

Rethinking Economic Engagement with North Korea

Now is a good time to rethink strategies for economic engagement with North Korea. Recent requests for food aid from the North and the report from a U.S. NGO Needs Assessment Team paint a picture of deteriorating food security due to harsh weather conditions and continued systemic failures. The UN humanitarian appeal for 2011 is being updated by a [...]

North Korea: Lessons from Egypt

North Korea: Lessons from Egypt

A Former President and a Grand Bargain that Worked. For two years the United States, South Korea and Japan have intermittently talked of an all-or-nothing deal with North Korea on the nuclear standoff, which President Lee Myung Bak has called a “Grand Bargain.” Egypt’s peace overtures to Israel in the late 1970s are the role model for [...]

WikiLeaks Reveals South Korean Hopes, Not North Korean Realities

WikiLeaks Reveals South Korean Hopes, Not North Korean Realities

Please note: this article contains excerpts of WikiLeaks cables. Press coverage of the WikiLeaks cable traffic between Seoul and Washington has taken many claims about North Korea at face value. Yet the cables disclosed so far may shed less light on North Korea than they do on South Korea’s policy toward the North under President Lee Myung [...]

Six Party Talks: The Least Bad Alternative

Six Party Talks: The Least Bad Alternative

Christopher Hill, the Bush administration’s point man for negotiating with North Korea, recently told an audience at Stanford University that because the North had lied about its uranium enrichment capability –to him and others–“there was absolutely no value” in restarting the six-party talks in the absence of any North Korean [...]

On Escalation in Korea

On Escalation in Korea

Despite intermittent crises and many deadly clashes, nearly six decades have passed since the armistice agreement “ending” the Korean War was signed without there being a serious resumption of military hostilities. Though the armed standoff in Korea is hardly a desirable state of affairs, this record can be taken as a reassuring sign of its [...]

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