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From Under the Sea: North Korea’s Latest Missile Test

From Under the Sea: North Korea’s Latest Missile Test

(Photo: KCNA.) On May 9, 2015, North Korea’s state-run media, KCNA, aired a series of still images of a ballistic missile bursting through the ocean’s surface and igniting its main engine, all under the attentive eyes of Kim Jong Un. The authenticity of the images initially released by KCNA is unknown, as is the date of the test. The [...]

Talking Loud and Carrying a Small Stick: The Implications of America’s Sony Response for Extended Deterrence

Talking Loud and Carrying a Small Stick: The Implications of America’s Sony Response for Extended Deterrence

Discussions over the nature of the cyber attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, launched in an attempt to prevent the release of “The Interview,” continue to spark heated debate, and the US response to it has been at the epicenter of these discussions. Indeed, the US course of action constitutes many significant “firsts,” with [...]

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 [...]

The Security Challenges of North Korean Collapse: A Conversation with Bruce Bennett and Jennifer Lind

The Security Challenges of North Korean Collapse: A Conversation with Bruce Bennett and Jennifer Lind

This fall, International Security (October 2011) published Bruce Bennett and Jennifer Lind’s article about the collapse of North Korea. The article examines the problems that could result from a government collapse, the military missions that countries might take to stabilize the country, and the requirements of those missions. Bennett and Lind [...]

South Korea on the Fence: Nukes or No Nukes?

South Korea on the Fence: Nukes or No Nukes?

South Korea faces a critical decision: whether or not to go nuclear, a decision that has US defense and diplomatic elites on edge. Talk of a nuclear option was anathema in South Korea only a decade ago. Official expression of a desire for nuclear weapons development has, until now, been politically and diplomatically taboo. To date, South Korean [...]

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