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Let’s Be Friends

Let’s Be Friends

US Vice President Joseph Biden’s tour of Northeast Asia could not be timelier, as the region has turned into something of a hornet’s nest. China’s recent declaration of an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) is just the latest twist to trends years in the making that are dangerous and disturbing: sparring between Tokyo and Beijing over [...]

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 [...]

Changes in North Korea: For Better or Worse?

Changes in North Korea: For Better or Worse?

A recent New York Times article on change in North Korea under Kim Jong Un emphasized a lack of progress for the majority. The facts cited in the article were most likely true, with the usual caveat concerning any information about that country. Many important observations were also made, such as spiking prices, the emergence of speculators, [...]

An Atmosphere of Departure and Two Speeds, Korean Style: Where is North Korea Heading?

An Atmosphere of Departure and Two Speeds, Korean Style: Where is North Korea Heading?

The Country Is Changing Not that it has ever been static, but within the few months between my travels to North Korea in spring and autumn of this year, the country has changed to the degree that even a foreign visitor cannot avoid noticing. While in April, everyone seemed to be somewhat tense and edgy, unsure about what would happen under the [...]

Beyond the Golden Couples of Pyongyang

Beyond the Golden Couples of Pyongyang

It’s not likely that an Occupy Pyongyang movement will set up tents in Kim Il Sung Square anytime soon. Protest, after all, is virtually non-existent in that society. But the same widening inequalities that plague the United States and the global economy can also be found inside North Korea. What was once a relatively equitable society, albeit [...]

Dateline Pyongyang?

Dateline Pyongyang?

For journalists, North Korea remains one of the toughest countries in the world to cover—secretive, opaque, and, above all, almost inaccessible. Even when a visit is permitted, the activities of visiting correspondents are tightly controlled, with most of their schedule devoted to visiting monuments, statues, and model units such as the Mansudae [...]

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