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“Not Proven”

“Not Proven”

Courts and juries in Scotland can find a person guilty or innocent, but they have a third verdict, “Not Proven” that falls in between. “Not proven” means, colloquially, we believe they did it but there isn’t enough evidence to conclusively find the suspect guilty or to find them to be innocent. Not proven is a good description of the [...]

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 [...]

Reading Pyongyang’s Intentions with Japan

Reading Pyongyang’s Intentions with Japan

North Korea seems to be focused on a new era of humanitarian diplomacy. The recent release of US detainees Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller prompted many to argue that the potential sanction by the United Nations on human rights violations may be producing a new era of compromise in Pyongyang. But there seems little urgency in its discussions [...]

Don’t Know Where Waldo Went, But Kim Jong Un Was in Wonsan: Geolocating North Korea’s June 26 and August 14 Missile Launches

Don’t Know Where Waldo Went, But Kim Jong Un Was in Wonsan: Geolocating North Korea’s June 26 and August 14 Missile Launches

On at least two occasions this year, North Korea has tested what it describes as an “ultra precision” tactical missile. On June 26, 2014, North Korea launched two “newly developed cutting-edge ultra-precision tactical guided missiles.” Kim Jong Un attended the launch. On August 14, 2014, North Korea again tested “an ultra-precision [...]

Inter-Korean Rivalry Takes the Field

Inter-Korean Rivalry Takes the Field

Sports are always political. International sports competitions especially can serve many purposes, such as an outlet for nationalist sentiment—in a my-country-is-better-than-yours sort of way—or as a distraction, a galvanizing force or even as a major event that can signal its coming of age. (The 1964 Tokyo Olympics, the 1988 Seoul Olympics, [...]

The NDC’s Fall Lineup: Results of the 13th SPA

The NDC’s Fall Lineup: Results of the 13th SPA

The second session of the 13th Supreme People’s Assembly, held at Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang on September 25, 2014, appointed a new Vice Chairman and two new members to the DPRK National Defense Commission (NDC), the country’s supreme power organization. NDC appointments are an opportunity for Kim Jong Un to show off his authority. In [...]

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