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North Korea: Entering Syria’s Civil War

North Korea: Entering Syria’s Civil War

When Kim Jong Un assumed power two years ago, foreign observers predicted North Korea would cut its losses short and disengage from Syria in the wake of the overthrow of friendly regimes in Algeria, Egypt and Libya. But this proved to be wishful thinking. On the contrary, Kim Jong Un got off the fence and has joined the Assad government to [...]

Kim Jong Un’s Foreign Policy Record: The Juche Revolution Continues

Kim Jong Un’s Foreign Policy Record: The Juche Revolution Continues

During his first year in power, Kim Jong Un maintained the strategic foreign policy line he inherited from his father without making any major adjustments. In a nutshell, that approach seeks to alter the regional balance of power in North Korea's favor, expand its resource base, and gain international recognition by building up strategic arms [...]

North Korea’s Nuclear Exports: On What Terms?

North Korea’s Nuclear Exports: On What Terms?

A 38 North Special Report Summary: Senior U.S. government officials maintain that North Korea is willing to sell its nuclear technology anywhere in the world for money. While the evidence is ambiguous, a careful examination suggests that many past transfers were actually done not for profit but in exchange for components or materials that [...]

When Dynastic Successions Work: North Korea Takes Cues from the Middle East

When Dynastic Successions Work: North Korea Takes Cues from the Middle East

North Korea is in the throes of a generational triple play: passing power to the son of the son of founder Kim Il Sung.  How successful that transition will be remains to be seen. In seeking to enthrone Kim Jong Un, the third son of Kim Jong Il, North Korea may benefit from several factors it has in common with Middle Eastern states that have [...]

What do Fox News and North Korea Have in Common?

What do Fox News and North Korea Have in Common?

Greta Van Susteren of Fox News and Pyongyang seem to be in agreement, or at least to share assumptions about the puppet-puppetmaster nature of the U.S.-ROK relationship. ”Why won’t South Korea back us 100%? We don’t need 95%, we need 100%” she whines on her on her Gretawire blog published by Fox News. Her assessment of South Korea’s [...]

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