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South Korea’s Political Impasse could Redefine the Balance in the Korean Peninsula

South Korea’s Political Impasse could Redefine the Balance in the Korean Peninsula

South Korea’s new president will largely determine the future of the US-ROK alliance, relations with China, and the security approach in the Korean peninsula.

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North Korea’s ICBM Threat and the Trump Administration

North Korea’s ICBM Threat and the Trump Administration

Pyongyang could decide to conduct a new ballistic test in the early weeks of the new administration to gauge President Trump’s response.

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Obama’s Uncertain Legacy to the Asia-Pacific Region

Obama’s Uncertain Legacy to the Asia-Pacific Region

Despite Obama’s efforts to design a new vision and engagement, able to reframe the US role and interests in the region, limited results have been achieved.

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Japan and South Korea: Towards a Closer Security Cooperation

Japan and South Korea: Towards a Closer Security Cooperation

Japan and South Korea are the most strategically valuable U.S. allies in the region. They are also the most exposed to the North Korean military threat.

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Disputed Islands and Clashing Powers: Explaining Sino-Japanese Tensions

Disputed Islands and Clashing Powers: Explaining Sino-Japanese Tensions

Ties between China and Japan remain tense after having deteriorated over a territorial dispute in the East China Sea, a result of Beijing’s assertiveness in the region.

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THAAD Fuels Tensions in South Korea-China Relations

THAAD Fuels Tensions in South Korea-China Relations

After months of intense negotiations, the US-South Korea Joint Working Group announced the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD).

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LDP Victory Marks the Path Toward the Constitutional Reform

LDP Victory Marks the Path Toward the Constitutional Reform

Shinzo Abe’s victory in the Upper House elections on July 10 marks a memorable success for the Liberal Democratic Party-led coalition.

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Tsai Administration Faces New Tensions With Beijing

Tsai Administration Faces New Tensions With Beijing

Tensions between Taipei and Beijing have risen again: China announced the decision to suspend official communications in response to Taiwan’s decision not to embrace the “One-China policy.”

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North Korea’s Missile Tests Fuels Tensions

North Korea’s Missile Tests Fuels Tensions

North Korea’s latest missile test represents an evident shift in the region’s balance of power, threatening the U.S. and its allies.

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Nuclear Power and Economic Reform in the Age of Kim Jong-un

Nuclear Power and Economic Reform in the Age of Kim Jong-un

At the 7th Congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea, Kim Jong-un is expected to promote his byungjin policy: simultaneously strengthening the nuclear arsenal and fostering economic development.

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Asia-Pacific Trilateral Meeting: shaping a new regional strategy

Asia-Pacific Trilateral Meeting: shaping a new regional strategy

On March 31, Washington hosted the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit (NSS), gathering more than 50 leaders from all over the world. Despite the clear absence of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and Iran, the Obama Administration’s commitment to fostering nuclear non-proliferation in the Asia-Pacific region remains on the top of Washington’s agenda.

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Risky Business: Pyongyang’s Dangerous Gamble

Risky Business: Pyongyang’s Dangerous Gamble

After protracted negotiations, China has finally withdrawn its opposition, joining in the UN Security Council’s unanimous decision to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea in response to its recent nuclear and ballistic missile test.

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The Twilight of President Park’s Trustpolitik

The Twilight of President Park’s Trustpolitik

During her recent address to the National Assembly, President Park stressed her intention to adopt a more assertive strategy toward the North Korean regime.

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Beijing and Washington: An Uneasy Balance in the Korean Peninsula

Beijing and Washington: An Uneasy Balance in the Korean Peninsula

On Sunday, Pyongyang launched a long-range missile. While China still opposes expanding sanctions on North Korea, Washington has recently stressed its determination to support South Korea and Japan against the North’s nuclear threat.

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About the Author

Daniele Ermito
Daniele Ermito

Daniele Ermito holds a BA (Hons) in International Relations from the University of Bologna and a MSc in Asian Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies. His areas of research include Northeast Asia security, the DPRK and Chinese foreign policy. He also writes for Global Risk Insights. You can follow him on Twitter @DanielRmito

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