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Paper Tigers: DPRK POE Report Shows Deep Problems with Enforcement

Paper Tigers: DPRK POE Report Shows Deep Problems with Enforcement

The February 27, 2017 report by the Panel of Experts (POE) responsible for monitoring the implementation of UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions against the DPRK paints a complex picture of how this sanctions regime is working. On the one hand, the report is actually reassuring. It is only made possible by a truly global effort to monitor and [...]

Designating North Korea a State Sponsor of Terrorism: All Ahead Slow

Designating North Korea a State Sponsor of Terrorism: All Ahead Slow

Reopening the discussion about whether to re-designate the DPRK as a state sponsor of terrorism is inevitable in the current environment. The public and highly theatrical assassination of Kim Jong Nam using VX nerve gas followed by a nasty diplomatic contretemps between the Malaysian and North Korean governments would suffice to make any observer [...]

THAAD: A Critical Litmus Test for South Korea-China Relations

THAAD: A Critical Litmus Test for South Korea-China Relations

On July 8, 2016, the Republic of Korea and the United States announced their decision to deploy the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system on South Korean territory. That intent was reiterated in phone conversations on March 1, 2017 between the two countries’ national security advisors, Kim Kwan-jin and H.R. McMaster, following the [...]

Time to Test Diplomacy with North Korea

Time to Test Diplomacy with North Korea

One of us experienced war firsthand at the age of 23 serving in the US Army in Korea in 1952. The other first learned about war 20 years later by asking about the ribbons on his father’s uniform hanging in the closet. The son went on to serve as a civilian in the United States Department of State and the White House National Security Council [...]

Encouraging Japan to Go Nuclear Won’t Denuclearize North Korea

Encouraging Japan to Go Nuclear Won’t Denuclearize North Korea

During his Presidential campaign, Donald Trump said that a nuclear-armed Japan might not be a “bad thing” for the United States “because of the threat of North Korea.” In a recent op-ed, Charles Krauthammer seemed to agree, advising the incoming administration to declare that the United States should no longer oppose Japan’s acquisition [...]

What to Do About a North Korean ICBM

What to Do About a North Korean ICBM

During his annual New Year’s address, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un announced that the country is in the final stages of developing an intercontinental ballistic missile. 38 North hosted a press briefing with former US Secretary of Defense William J. Perry on January 9, 2017. In his remarks, Secretary Perry provided insight on US-DPRK [...]

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