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North Korea, Trump, and Underlying Dynamics

North Korea, Trump, and Underlying Dynamics

President Donald J. Trump’s tweets are striking and unhelpful, but they do not explain the essence of the current strategic situation surrounding North Korea. The underlying dynamics are more deeply rooted than any one day’s headline, even if the current U.S. president has done more than his ...

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Wisdom of the Crowds on a North Korean Collapse

Wisdom of the Crowds on a North Korean Collapse

    As part of the 69th anniversary of the Armed Forces Day in South Korea, special army soldiers staged a skills demonstration performance at the 2nd Fleet Parade Ground in Pyeongtaek.  (The National/UAE) On October 1, China kicked off its celebration of the ...

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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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Our Respect for Sovereignty is also a Call to Action

Our Respect for Sovereignty is also a Call to Action

President Trump issues his first set of remarks at the United Nations. He highlighted the importance of national sovereignty and collective action.

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The U.S.’ Outreach To Regional Hegemons Is Both Right And Wrong

The U.S.’ Outreach To Regional Hegemons Is Both Right And Wrong

To successfully resolve regional crises, the U.S. must acknowledge and prioritize the core security interests of regional hegemons.

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The Need for Anti-Ballistic Missile Diplomacy

The Need for Anti-Ballistic Missile Diplomacy

Last August, North Korea launched what is believed to be a Hwasong-12 ballistic missile towards Japan, threatening a key US ally in the region.

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Missile Defense and North Korea

Missile Defense and North Korea

The United States has made some efforts to develop a missile defense system against a North Korean ICBM, but the system may not be all that we would wish.

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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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“We Don’t Want The Smoking Gun To Be A Mushroom Cloud.”

“We Don’t Want The Smoking Gun To Be A Mushroom Cloud.”

Washington's Russiagate obsession risks isolation both from international partners and, infinitely more crucial, its own citizenry.

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The Need for a New ICBM Strategy

The Need for a New ICBM Strategy

The first week in July in 2017 saw the launch of a medium range Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, or ICBM out of North Korea. The Hwasong-14 missile was launched from a mobile launcher, similar in function to that of the Russian Topol-M launch vehicle. While tested from a mobile platform, ...

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Energy Security in North Korea: From Defiance to Survival

Energy Security in North Korea: From Defiance to Survival

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station photographing East Asia were surprised when they saw a ‘black hole’ between China and South Korea.

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Trump Courts Duterte, Duterte Courts Xi

Trump Courts Duterte, Duterte Courts Xi

Earlier this month Duterte visited three Chinese warships on Mindanao island in the Philippines—the first Chinese navy port call to the country since 2010.

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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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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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Tillerson Gives Beijing Face

Tillerson Gives Beijing Face

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson concluded his visit to China earlier this month, pledging that relations between the two countries would be based on “non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect, and win-win cooperation.”

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