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THAAD: A Critical Litmus Test for South Korea-China Relations

THAAD: A Critical Litmus Test for South Korea-China Relations

On July 8, 2016, the Republic of Korea and the United States announced their decision to deploy the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system on South Korean territory. That intent was reiterated in phone conversations on March 1, 2017 between the two countries’ national security advisors, Kim Kwan-jin and H.R. McMaster, following the [...]

Uncertain Futures: China, Trump and the Two Koreas

Uncertain Futures: China, Trump and the Two Koreas

At the beginning of the Trump administration, the situation on the Korean peninsula is highly uncertain and potentially volatile. During a late January research trip to Beijing, “uncertainty” and “concerns” were the keywords that best characterized how Chinese scholars and officials are feeling about Trump and the two Koreas. During his [...]

Inspector O and the South China Sea

Inspector O and the South China Sea

“I imagine your knuckles would be dead white at this point, Church.” Inspector O had messaged me in the usual way to meet him in Malta. He’d given the address of a hotel restaurant atop a hill overlooking Mdina. I arrived late—bad connections in London—but O didn’t seem to notice. He was gazing contemplatively out the window at the [...]

Experts Caution on THAAD Deployment

Experts Caution on THAAD Deployment

(Photo: Lee Jin-man/AP) South Korea and the United States have reached an agreement to deploy an advanced missile defense system in South Korea to protect the country from North Korean missile attacks. The decision to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), announced on July 8 in Seoul, follows five months of negotiations [...]

Needle in a Haystack: How North Korea Could Fight a Nuclear War

Needle in a Haystack: How North Korea Could Fight a Nuclear War

Since its January 6 test of what was claimed to be a hydrogen bomb and a follow-up satellite launch on February 7, North Korea’s nuclear weapons program has received a considerable amount of attention. The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) unanimously passed Resolution 2270 at the beginning of March in what has been widely viewed as one of [...]

More Rockets in Kim Jong Un’s Pockets: North Korea Tests A New Artillery System

More Rockets in Kim Jong Un’s Pockets: North Korea Tests A New Artillery System

On Friday, March 4, North Korea showed off a new “large-caliber” artillery rocket system. In this context, large-caliber probably means between 300-400 mm. North Korea appears to have tested the system from its coastal test range at Wonsan, with the projectiles flying about 150 km. (Photo: Rodong Sinmun) Although Kim Jong Un watched [...]

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