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Trouble in Pyongyang

Trouble in Pyongyang

This article was originally published on www.foreignpolicy.com as part of FP's "The President and the World" Special Report on November 5, 2012. The original post can be found here. Whoever wins Tuesday's election will face a long list of foreign-policy challenges, ranging from Iran's nuclear weapons program to the Arab Spring. Usually [...]

Who Doesn’t Like Russia-North Korean Rapprochement?

Who Doesn’t Like Russia-North Korean Rapprochement?

Observers from many countries have tried to analyze the breakthrough in relations between Moscow and Pyongyang that was reached at the August 24, 2011 summit. The Ulan-Ude meeting highlighted the commitment of both countries’ leaders to find a solution to the nuclear problem plaguing the Korean peninsula, and at the moment, the summit partners [...]

Special Report: North Korea and the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI)

Special Report: North Korea and the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI)

On its seventh anniversary, Dr. Mark J. Valencia evaluates the effectiveness of the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI). This initiative, started under the Bush adminstration in 2003 and inherited by the Obama administration, was designed to prevent weapons of mass destruction (WMD), their delivery systems and related materials from entering [...]

North Korea: Ghost of Roh vs. Living Lee

North Korea: Ghost of Roh vs. Living Lee

How the sinking of the Cheonan is playing out in South Korea’s political discourse. In the “Romance of the Three Kingdoms,” East Asia’s most important historical novel, the ghost of a dead general, Guan Yu, kills a living one, Xiahuo Dun. South Koreans are drawing parallels in the June 2 regional elections. Will the deceased [...]

An Act of Open Insubordination? Implications of the Cheonan Incident for Domestic Politics in North Korea

An Act of Open Insubordination? Implications of the Cheonan Incident for Domestic Politics in North Korea

A few years ago, when tensions were escalating between China and Taiwan, I met a colleague from the Chinese Studies department of my university in the hallway who told me how deeply concerned he was about the risk of an armed conflict. With the ignorance of an outsider, I took this lightly; and indeed nothing happened. Now we have changed [...]

North Korea: Changing but Stable

North Korea: Changing but Stable

North Korea is not static and inflexible. Indeed, there tends to be a very dynamic picture once you look below the surface. Change is a constant but, as in almost any state or society, it brings about tension. However, there is little or no sign that current tensions, caused by changes in the distribution of power within the leaderships’ core [...]

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