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Roadblocks Removed: Can the US Travel the Diplomatic Path with the DPRK?

Roadblocks Removed: Can the US Travel the Diplomatic Path with the DPRK?

North Korea’s release of detained Americans Kenneth Bae, 46, and Mathew Todd Miller, 25, combined with the freeing last month of Jeffrey Fowle, 56, signals a desire on the part of Pyongyang to clear the underbrush obstructing the resumption of official dialogue with Washington. Like the thorn bushes used by Lord Wellington to bar the advance of [...]

Book Review: “Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy”

Book Review: “Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy”

Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy. A Memoir by Christopher R. Hill. New York: Simon & Schuster, October 2014. 448 pp. Christopher Hill is an American diplomat with a long career and wide experience, often in dangerous places. His new memoir, Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy, underlines again and [...]

Is Russia-North Korea Cooperation at a New Stage?

Is Russia-North Korea Cooperation at a New Stage?

Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, the Plenipotentiary Representative of the Russian Federation, and the President in the Far Eastern Federal District of the Russian Federation, Yury Trutnev’s three day long visit to the DPRK (April 28-30, 2014) symbolized the culmination of a new phase in Russian-North Korean relations taking [...]

North Korea’s Irrational Approach to Diplomacy—Is There Any Hope?

North Korea’s Irrational Approach to Diplomacy—Is There Any Hope?

This has been a dreadful year for North Korea and its relations with the outside world. Indeed, during his two years at the helm in North Korea, after the death of Kim Jong Il in December 2011, Kim Jong Un, has managed to plunge his country to the lowest point in its relations with the international community, including China. Tragically, North [...]

Jang Song Thaek’s Execution

Jang Song Thaek’s Execution

Jang Song Thaek was executed in a blitzkrieg manner in less than four days after he was arrested at the Enlarged Politburo Meeting of the Cental Committee (CC) of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK). The immediate response of this author to the news of his execution was, “Oh my God, it is too much.” How could Kim Jong Un execute Jang, who is [...]

Putting People Before Plutonium

Putting People Before Plutonium

The recent leadership shake-up in Pyongyang has thrust the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) back onto the front pages. And while it is too soon to fully assess what impact the removal of Jang Song Thaek will have on the course of the country, his purge should remind all that North Korea is not a one-dimensional problem. It requires a [...]

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