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North Korea: Push Comes to Shove

North Korea: Push Comes to Shove

North Korea’s July 4 launch of an ICBM pushes us to a full reckoning with our motives, values, and national existence. In columnist Charles Krauthammer’s words, for “25 years and five administrations, we have kicked the North Korean can down the road. We are now out of road.” North ...

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The Department of State’s Listening Survey Calls For A Mission

The Department of State’s Listening Survey Calls For A Mission

The State Department issued the report on an internal “listening survey” on July 5. The report is not public, but reports indicate that its first recommendation is to define a mission for the Department of State. It also addresses a host of other concerns, and current and past State ...

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US-India Relations: What Do We Want? What Should We Want?

US-India Relations: What Do We Want?  What Should We Want?

In their June 26 meeting President Trump and Prime Minister Modi voiced their mutual admiration as the nations grapple with a complex relationship.

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Trade Policy and Other Goals

Trade Policy and Other Goals

Under the idea to “Make America Great Again” the plan is to extract concessions, country by country, wielding U.S. economic power to reduce trade deficits.

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Diplomacy As A Budget Friendly Program?

Diplomacy As A Budget Friendly Program?

Trump's proposed budget cuts 28% from the State Department’s funding, reducing foreign aid and de-funding a range of programs.

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A Take on American Nationalism

A Take on American Nationalism

Trump’s election signals a “Jacksonian protest” of nativist sentiment and mistrust of elites—rejecting the liberal order that has kept peace and prosperity.

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Something To Hope For In An Inauguration Speech?

Something To Hope For In An Inauguration Speech?

What could a passage on foreign policy in President Trump's inaugural speech look like? We take a stab at it.

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On Foreign Policy, and Fixing Political Dysfunction

On Foreign Policy, and Fixing Political Dysfunction

In foreign policy, a nation acts as a singular entity, with citizens' identity reflected in its conduct. Today, our discourse projects our political dysfunction.

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See No Evil? Distorted Finance and Economic Risk

See No Evil? Distorted Finance and Economic Risk

The global economy has been leaning on monetary policy—the printing of money by central banks —to avoid decline. But what are the spillover effects?

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Alliances and American Values

Alliances and American Values

Trump is not alone in complaining about alliances. Others, for various reasons, dislike our relationship with Saudi Arabia or arrangements with Pakistan.

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What We Really Need From Obama’s Visit to Hiroshima

What We Really Need From Obama’s Visit to Hiroshima

At Hiroshima, the U.S. should project a tone of deepening conciliation, highlighting that the real cement between us and other nations—in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas—is a culture of freedom.

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Foreign Policy in The Next Term: Finding Public Consensus?

Foreign Policy in The Next Term: Finding Public Consensus?

The only cure for the wariness that defines this year's election is for Americans to find common ground, not so much among political operatives of left and right, but rather between those who govern and the general population.

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America’s Diplomats: Review by George F. Paik

America’s Diplomats: Review by George F. Paik

Visually and narratively attractive, packed with little-known facts and eye-catching clips, the film paints a faithful portrait of the U.S. Foreign Service while fair-mindedly probing a range of issues.

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Refugees Are The Wrong Target for U.S. Politicians

Refugees Are The Wrong Target for U.S. Politicians

In the wake of the Paris attacks, American politicians of all stripes are rushing to burnish their security credentials. In their proposals they are undermining the one measure that might exhibit America’s basic motives in Syria, while adding nothing to U.S. security

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The NSC and Foreign Policy Management: A Role for Diplomats?

The NSC and Foreign Policy Management: A Role for Diplomats?

Department of State: Role player under NSC or manager of foreign policy?

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About the Author

George Paik
George Paik

George F. Paik is a former political affairs officer in the U.S. Foreign Service, as well as a twenty year veteran of U.S. capital markets. He is a current board member and former chair of the World Affairs Forum (a sister to FPA in the World Affairs Councils of America network) in Stamford, CT. His work as a diplomat straddled the fall of the USSR, and included political analysis, human rights, trade affairs, and environmental policy, in postings were in Brazil and Trinidad, and in the Department of State. Financial experience includes stints with Mellon Bank, Manufacturers Hanover Trust Co. and People’s United Bank. He currently holds the position of Managing Director at Lord Capital, LLC, a firm focused on international trade finance.

Paik graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Social Studies; he also holds an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He counts ten years playing Rugby, with club mates from countries around the globe, as part of his international experience.

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