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More Bold, Risk-Assuming, Presidential Pragmatism on DPRK Needed

More Bold, Risk-Assuming, Presidential Pragmatism on DPRK Needed

The president's instincts, to which he alone is privy, are responsible for cutting through endless reams of Washington analysis paralysis and contributing to the start of (hopefully) results-based diplomacy.

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Oh Charlie Brown… Insights on North Korea

Oh Charlie Brown… Insights on North Korea

“Oh Charlie Brownnnnn…” Year after year, Lucy tricks Charlie Brown to kick a football she inevitably pulls away. Each time it’s a new creative argument. Lucy promises the world and the temptation is so great that Charlie Brown overlooks history and everything else except kicking that ball. Drawn in, ...

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Trump vs Kim: The art of the nuclear deal

Trump vs Kim: The art of the nuclear deal

The US and North Korea are likely to attempt diplomacy for a few months, but impossible expectations and intentionally vague promises could frustrate both sides. If this causes the deal to fall through, bilateral tensions could boil over once again. On 29 April 2018, the world watched as North Korean ...

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Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates – The proposition “Negotiations Can Denuclearize North Korea”

  Presented by Intelligence Squared U.S. in partnership with Georgetown University live at the first Georgetown University Women’s Forum

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Trump, Kim, and the Breaking of Coalitions

Trump, Kim, and the Breaking of Coalitions

As you have probably heard. President Donald J. Trump has accepted an invitation to visit North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.* People who were genuinely worried that Trump was going to start a needless war with North Korea now seem to be nearly as worried that he is going to talk ...

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U.S.-ROK Annual Military Drills Again Signal Kim Jong-un Punishments for Deception

U.S.-ROK Annual Military Drills Again Signal Kim Jong-un Punishments for Deception

This year’s U.S.-ROK annual joint military drills kicked off on 1 April after a delay of two months caused by the astonishingly fast-forwarded bilateral thaws between the Koreas, U.S. and China. The first part of the drills, Foal Eagle, will involve a field training exercise of 11,500 U.S. and ...

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Trump – Kim Summit or Not: A Tack to Try?

Trump – Kim Summit or Not: A Tack to Try?

Whatever the impact of a new national security team, and whether or not President Trump actually meets with Kim Jong Un in the next few months, the fundamental problems with North Korea remain the same. Former U.S. negotiator Evans Revere notes that we have heard Kim’s line before. Still, ...

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U.S.’ ‘True North’ Brother Will Pave the Path to Peace in East Asia

U.S.’ ‘True North’ Brother Will Pave the Path to Peace in East Asia

Canada is expected to bridge international efforts to upgrade the ‘maximum pressure’ campaign against Kim Jung Un ’s deceitful brinkmanship into a more principled pacifying denuclearization discourse. On Jan. 16th, the U.S. and his ‘true north’ brother will co-host a foreign-minister-level meeting for the 16 United Nations command sending ...

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“Little” Rocket Man Doesn’t Seem So Little Anymore

“Little” Rocket Man Doesn’t Seem So Little Anymore

Continued U.S. military threats against the DPRK waste precious time which could be better spent in earnest negotiations recognizing each party's interests.

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North Korea’s Grand Strategy

North Korea’s Grand Strategy

It is easy to brush off North Korea’s behavior as irrational, but the fact that the Kim regime consolidated and has maintained power since 1948 says otherwise. If North Korea was truly an irrational actor, it would not have been able to survive this long. And to have maintained a ...

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North Korea’s ICBM Test Jeopardizes Regional Balance of Power

North Korea’s ICBM Test Jeopardizes Regional Balance of Power

North Korea has proven  its determination once again to fulfill its aspiration as a self-proclaimed Nuclear Power State with a new ballistic test on July 27.

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The ‘Blood Alliance’s Future Knotted with Blue Ties

The ‘Blood Alliance’s Future Knotted with Blue Ties

Donald Trump and South Korean President, Moon Jae-in, wearing similar blue ties reaffirmed their ‘ironclad’ commitments to the U.S.–ROK ‘blood alliance’

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The ‘Moon’ Drive: Fast, Furious, yet Deft

The ‘Moon’ Drive: Fast, Furious, yet Deft

Taking advantage of public trust in the new government, President Moon Jae-in wants to dissolve the corrupt and malfunctioning bureaucracy inherited from past military regimes’ strong statism.

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Trump’s Dilemma in the Korean Peninsula

Trump’s Dilemma in the Korean Peninsula

North Korea is close to the final stage of acquiring ICBM capabilities and miniaturization technologies required to target the continental U.S.

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North Korea after 60 Years of Status Quo

North Korea after 60 Years of Status Quo

Lack of political will is largely motivating the inaction in the Korean peninsula. But with nuclear weapons threatening US mainland, it may be that Washington will decide on a policy of “now or never”.

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