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Designating North Korea a State Sponsor of Terrorism: All Ahead Slow

Designating North Korea a State Sponsor of Terrorism: All Ahead Slow

Reopening the discussion about whether to re-designate the DPRK as a state sponsor of terrorism is inevitable in the current environment. The public and highly theatrical assassination of Kim Jong Nam using VX nerve gas followed by a nasty diplomatic contretemps between the Malaysian and North Korean governments would suffice to make any observer [...]

The World Economic Forum on East Asia 2012: Burmese Lessons for Korea?

The World Economic Forum on East Asia 2012: Burmese Lessons for Korea?

The 21st World Economic Forum (WEF) on East Asia was held in Bangkok, Thailand, from May 30 to June 1, 2012. As a member of its Global Agenda Council on Korea, I participated with the expectation that whenever issues like security or human rights were addressed, the focus would inevitably be on North Korea. I was wrong. Nevertheless, I found that [...]

Is North Korea Opening? What Might That Mean?

Is North Korea Opening? What Might That Mean?

If we have few good answers on North Korea, then maybe we need to refine our questions. Case in point: Is North Korea opening? Articles on this theme are a hardy perennial of the field. I’ve been reading them since at least the 1980s. Back then I was writing them. After my first visit to the DPRK in 1986, one of a series of pieces [...]

Burma-DPRK Cooperation in Military Affairs

Burma-DPRK Cooperation in Military Affairs

A great deal of media speculation has recently focused on military ties between Burma and North Korea, the two pariah dictatorships of Asia, and particularly on the possibility that Pyongyang may be assisting Burma in building a nuclear deterrent: missile delivery systems and nuclear weapons to mount on top of them. These two states have a history [...]

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