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A Brief History of the US-ROK Combined Military Exercises

A Brief History of the US-ROK Combined Military Exercises

The militaries of every country conduct field and command post exercises to test their ability to perform missions dictated by their national leadership. Because three countries conduct such exercises regularly, numbering nearly two million soldiers in close proximity, the Korean peninsula experiences a heightened level of exercises—and [...]

North Korea: Turning in the Wrong Direction

North Korea: Turning in the Wrong Direction

When Kim Jong Un assumed power, the world saw him as a young new leader who, given his education in Europe, might be reform-minded. Just over a year later, he comes across more like a reckless bully. Since the beginning of 2013, the security situation on the Korean peninsula has taken a dramatic turn for the worse, following North Korea’s [...]

Kim Jong Un’s Pyongyang Shuffle

Kim Jong Un’s Pyongyang Shuffle

Kim Jong Un’s efforts to consolidate power continue 15 months after formally assuming the supreme leadership of North Korea. Evidence of his personal stamp can be seen in a series of senior personnel appointments made at the recent plenary session of the Korean Workers’ Party (KWP) Central Committee held on March 31, 2013, and the 7th session [...]

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 in Focus: New Power Struggle or Intelligence Failure

North Korea in Focus: New Power Struggle or Intelligence Failure

Has the North Korean power struggle reached a point of crisis? Are we on the eve of convulsions among the top North Korean leaders? These questions have emerged in the wake of Vice Marshal and Chief of the General Staff of the North Korean People’s Army Ri Yong Ho’s removal from all his posts. Indeed, no one at the governmental intelligence [...]

DPRK Deadlock: Implications for the Future of US-Japan Defense Cooperation

DPRK Deadlock: Implications for the Future of US-Japan Defense Cooperation

It has been nearly four years since the Six Party Talks last took place. Since then, the North Korean nuclear problem has been essentially at a standstill. While some had hoped for a resumption of the Talks when the United States and DPRK reached the February 29 Agreement, that hope quickly turned into disappointment when the North Korean [...]

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