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Did The Donald Suggest South Korea Build The Bomb? No, But That Might Be The Outcome Anyway

Did The Donald Suggest South Korea Build The Bomb? No, But That Might Be The Outcome Anyway

This is the first of a four-part series on what a Trump presidency could mean for US policy toward North Korea. One of the strangest aspects of the campaign that led to the election of Donald Trump as the next President of the United States was his repeated references to the possibility of letting Japan and South Korea build their own nuclear [...]

Preventing a Nuclear South Korea

Preventing a Nuclear South Korea

In a report projecting how North Korea’s nuclear arsenal may grow over the next few years, mid- to high-end scenarios estimated that the North could build upwards of 50-100 nuclear weapons by 2020, approaching the size of arsenals in India and Pakistan. By enabling the DPRK to credibly threaten a nuclear second strike against the United States, [...]

Preparing for Korean Unification?

Preparing for Korean Unification?

A growing number of policymakers and experts in South Korea, the United States and other countries now presume that the best solution in principle for the North Korean nuclear problem and the larger “Korean issue” is unification, implying a peaceful takeover of the North by the South. This has been especially true in the latter half of Park [...]

Why German Unification Is Not a Model for Korean Unification

Why German Unification Is Not a Model for Korean Unification

For decades, many Koreans have viewed German unification as a model for the future of a divided Korean peninsula. However, there are differences between the two that need to be understood, both to inform current policy and provide valuable lessons for the future. German unification has been a success story that Koreans interested in unification [...]

Listening to Korea’s Liberals

Listening to Korea’s Liberals

The resounding defeat handed to South Korea’s ruling conservative party in last week’s legislative elections had, on the surface, little to do with North Korea. Domestic issues dominated the campaign, and the vote reflected a so-called South-South struggle that not only pit liberals against conservatives, but also split the liberals into two [...]

Tiptoeing Past Vesuvius

Tiptoeing Past Vesuvius

While several other areas in the world have gone completely to hell, Northeast Asia seems only to be rumbling, like Mt. Vesuvius in a long-ago August. The situation now, as then, looks grim, but many people apparently cling to the hope that the little earth tremors and the noxious gas venting from the various fissures will stop in a couple of [...]

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