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A Long & Winding Road: South Korea’s “Nordpolitik” (Part I)

A Long & Winding Road: South Korea’s “Nordpolitik” (Part I)

Comrades, I’m confused. Nay, I am baffled. Flummoxed, even. And who better to share this confusionism with, in hope of enlightenment, than fellow-Korea watchers perusing 38 North? The subject of my confusion can be simply stated: A year after Park Geun-hye took office as President of the Republic of Korea (ROK), I can’t for the life of me [...]

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 [...]

Shall We Dance?

Shall We Dance?

Barely a month since Kim Jong Un’s New Year’s address signaling a major North Korean decision to push for improved inter-Korean ties the two Koreas on Wednesday held a high-level “contact” (quietly proposed by the North several days ago) at Panmunjom. Despite the lack of any agreement at Wednesday’s exceptionally long meeting, and early [...]

A Little Dance Music

A Little Dance Music

While initial reaction to Kim Jong Un’s relatively positive remarks about inter-Korean dialogue in his New Year’s address has been mixed, Seoul has apparently decided to return the volley. In her January 6, 2014 news conference, President Park Geun-hye “welcomed” Kim Jong Un’s New Year’s speech, and said a summit meeting with Kim could [...]

Kim Jong Un’s New Year’s Speech

Kim Jong Un’s New Year’s Speech

Kim Jong Un’s urging to “put an end to slander and calumny that brings no good to either side,” and his offer to “join hands with anyone who opts to promote inter-Korean relations...regardless of his or her past,” goes a step beyond the line he took in key speeches in 2012 and 2013, signaling an intention to keep the door open for [...]

The Kaesong Opportunity

The Kaesong Opportunity

Some analysts, like Bruce Klingner writing in the Wall Street Journal on August 18, 2013 lament the recent agreement between the two Koreas to reopen the Kaesong Industrial Complex (KIC), calling it a “trap,” wondering why the South Koreans would want to take this step given the opportunity to close the zone altogether, and claiming that KIC [...]

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