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After the COI: Four Next Steps

After the COI: Four Next Steps

With the March 26, 2014 adoption by the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) of a new resolution about the “Situation of human rights in the DPRK,” the governments of the world have begun the process of endorsing, by a landslide majority, the findings, conclusions, and recommendations of the UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) on the unparalleled human [...]

Engage, Don’t Just ‘Name and Shame’

Engage, Don’t Just ‘Name and Shame’

This week in Geneva, the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) has an opportunity to do something important when it considers how to respond to the 372-page report of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea (COI). As Amnesty International’s Secretary General Salil Shetty has written, “A strong resolution needs to be adopted sending a [...]

That Ain’t My Truck: Where North Korea Assembled Its Chinese Transporter-Erector-Launchers

That Ain’t My Truck: Where North Korea Assembled Its Chinese Transporter-Erector-Launchers

This article is co-authored by Jeffrey Lewis, Melissa Hanham and Amber Lee. On April 15, 2012, North Korea paraded what appeared to be six road-mobile missiles, quickly identified in the media as KN-08 intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), through Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang. Attention immediately focused on these unusual vehicles, [...]

North Korea’s Irrational Approach to Diplomacy—Is There Any Hope?

North Korea’s Irrational Approach to Diplomacy—Is There Any Hope?

This has been a dreadful year for North Korea and its relations with the outside world. Indeed, during his two years at the helm in North Korea, after the death of Kim Jong Il in December 2011, Kim Jong Un, has managed to plunge his country to the lowest point in its relations with the international community, including China. Tragically, North [...]

Kim Jong Un’s “Unitary Leadership”: Future Policies and Our Choices

Kim Jong Un’s “Unitary Leadership”: Future Policies and Our Choices

About a week ago, South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) disclosed Jang Song Thaek’s “likely” loss of power in North Korea. This news about Kim Jong Un’s regent, commonly considered as North Korea’s “number two” in power, was shocking. On December 9, 2013, North Korea’s official media carried a report on the [...]

Let’s Be Friends

Let’s Be Friends

US Vice President Joseph Biden’s tour of Northeast Asia could not be timelier, as the region has turned into something of a hornet’s nest. China’s recent declaration of an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) is just the latest twist to trends years in the making that are dangerous and disturbing: sparring between Tokyo and Beijing over [...]

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