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Form Controls Content: The Two Koreas Move, Washington Stands Still

Form Controls Content: The Two Koreas Move, Washington Stands Still

With spring around the corner, there is a newfound sense in Seoul that Park Geun-hye and Kim Jong Un have finally begun to try writing a “new chapter” in inter-Korean relations. In stark contrast to these glimmerings of movement on the Korean peninsula, US policy on North Korea shows no signs of life. Last week, as Park and Kim began moving [...]

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 [...]

Putting People Before Plutonium

Putting People Before Plutonium

The recent leadership shake-up in Pyongyang has thrust the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) back onto the front pages. And while it is too soon to fully assess what impact the removal of Jang Song Thaek will have on the course of the country, his purge should remind all that North Korea is not a one-dimensional problem. It requires a [...]

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 [...]

The Syria Crisis and North Korea

The Syria Crisis and North Korea

The unraveling of the Syrian drama has suddenly brought attention to an unexpected culprit: North Korea. But if you give it a second thought, that should not be surprising given the US’ vision of the world as a stand-off between good guys and bad guys. North Koreans are near the top of the latter list and it would be only natural to emphasize [...]

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