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Keeping Up with the Kims: When Not to Freak Out

Keeping Up with the Kims: When Not to Freak Out

He’s alive! After a ten-day absence, Vladimir Putin surfaced looking, well, ten days older. A lot of people probably felt silly. This is a recurring problem—for foreign policy watchers of any stripe, but especially Korea-watchers. Every time a dictator takes a few days off, Twitter freaks out, deciding that the he’s dead, there is a coup [...]

Obama Comes Out as an NK Collapsist

Obama Comes Out as an NK Collapsist

So now we know. The truth is out, from the horse’s mouth. On North Korea and its future, the President of the United States has revealed himself as a card-carrying collapsist. Retro rules. Ever wondered what lies behind President Barack Obama’s puzzling reluctance to seem to want to do much of anything—be it wield a stick or wave a [...]

North Korea’s Expansion of Molybdenum Production

North Korea’s Expansion of Molybdenum Production

Summary North Korea’s expansion of the March 5 Youth Mine—a showcase facility intended to produce non-ferrous metals encompassing almost 2,500 acres near the Chinese border—began in 2008 and culminated in summer 2014 with the completion of a molybdenum production facility. The factory represents a notable expansion in Pyongyang’s [...]

Turtle Shells Redux

Turtle Shells Redux

I recognize a fool’s errand when I see one, but in this case, I cannot resist. Looking through this website’s recent articles, it is hard to escape the conclusion that media analysis is not well understood and thus rarely practiced. Media analysis, as opposed to simply using the media to make a case, is a craft, not voodoo. It takes time, [...]

The Urgency of Now: Why Obama Needs to Take the Lead on North Korea

The Urgency of Now: Why Obama Needs to Take the Lead on North Korea

US-China Impasse In the lead up to President Obama’s recent visit to Beijing for APEC, North Korea seemed high on the list of priorities for his bilateral summit with Xi Jinping. Perhaps in their tête-à-tête Xi gave vent to his annoyance with Pyongyang, tempting Obama to take some comfort in the notion that he and Xi were basically on the [...]

Russia-North Korea Economic Ties Gain Traction

Russia-North Korea Economic Ties Gain Traction

In a new global situation unfortunately characterized by increased big power rivalry—where Russia has suddenly become the chief opponent, if not enemy, of the United States—Russia’s involvement in Korean peninsular affairs has increased political implications for Moscow. The Korean peninsula, centered in a crucial neighboring area, has [...]

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