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The Ultimate Failure in Korea

The Ultimate Failure in Korea

It must be morbidly amusing for the gods of war to hear members of the Obama administration tell the newcomers in Washington that they need a “strategy” to deal with North Korea. After all, painful has it might be for many people to admit, President Obama had no strategy on the North Korea issue. The reason he told Donald Trump that among his [...]

Insurgency in the DPRK? Post-regime Insurgency in Comparative Perspective

Insurgency in the DPRK? Post-regime Insurgency in Comparative  Perspective

Instability in the DPRK could have many sources, ranging from internal political strife to economic collapse to a renewal of intense armed conflict with the ROK and its allies. Regardless of origin, instability could lead to the collapse of the regime, which could in turn open the door to potential civil war inside the DPRK as well as resistance [...]

Uncertain Futures: China, Trump and the Two Koreas

Uncertain Futures: China, Trump and the Two Koreas

At the beginning of the Trump administration, the situation on the Korean peninsula is highly uncertain and potentially volatile. During a late January research trip to Beijing, “uncertainty” and “concerns” were the keywords that best characterized how Chinese scholars and officials are feeling about Trump and the two Koreas. During his [...]

Do You Want Fries with That? Donald Trump Probably Won’t Be Inviting Kim Jong Un Over for Cheeseburgers

Do You Want Fries with That? Donald Trump Probably Won’t Be Inviting Kim Jong Un Over for Cheeseburgers

This is the second installment of a four-part series on what a Trump presidency could mean for US policy toward North Korea. (See Part 1 here.) With Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States, millions of despondent voters began looking for some silver lining to what seems like the end of the Republic. A few optimistic souls [...]

Assessing the Risk of Regime Change in North Korea

Assessing the Risk of Regime Change in North Korea

North Korea watchers are going to be scrutinizing the country very closely in the coming months for any sign that the ruling Kim Jong Un regime is feeling the effects of new and tougher financial sanctions and trade restrictions. The hope is that this pressure will chasten the North Korean leadership and force it to curb its provocative behavior [...]

Review of Previous ROK Government Policies for Reunification and Future Policy Options in View of German Reunification

Review of Previous ROK Government Policies for Reunification and  Future Policy Options in View of German Reunification

Despite many differences between Korea and Germany, it may be useful to draw lessons from Germany’s reunification for several reasons. First, it was a peaceful process without any bloodshed. Second, it was democratic and legally pursuant to the West German constitution. Third, the dictatorial communist regime with a planned socialist economy in [...]

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