US President’s Asia Trip: More Appearance than Substance

Is there any Asian government looking forward to President Trump’s visit to Asia? With friends (if any) and foes alike baffled and worried about his next tweet or outburst, his friends seem to be a trifecta of ...

South Koreans Yawns at Nuclear Controversy

Newspaper headlines and grave warnings from TV anchors about nuclear cataclysm in the Korean Peninsula may give travelers pause. But in South Korea, few people discuss the issue openly, including inside the hal...

Japan Under North Korea’s Missiles

Japan awoke Wednesday to television news and civil defense instructions to take cover in secure buildings or underground as a North Korean ballistic missile passed over parts of Hokkaido before landing in open sea. “Missile Passing, Missile Passing,” scream...

Astonishing North Korea Policy Change From Tillerson

There are times when the utter confusion apparent in Donald Trump’s White House is a cause for relief. One such seems to be the case of North Korea. If one listens to Trump himself one comes away with two possi...

US, South Korean Presidents Meet to Confront the Pyongyang Quandary

North Korean success in test-firing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on July 4 puts the new South Korean government in the difficult position of having to appear tough while still looking for dialogue with its northern rival. With that launch ri...

Vestiges of a Friendship Between North Korea and Cambodia

With its white walls shimmering under the tropical sun and its yellow roof pointing towards the sky, the Angkor Panorama Museum could be an awkward shopping mall stranded on the outskirts of Siem Reap, the prov...

Russia’s Take on the North Korean Crisis

The current crisis on the Korean Peninsula was unexpected for Russia and raised serious concerns that both North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump could recklessly push the situation o...

A New Look at North Korea

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has been in the news a lot lately, with the DPRK testing new missiles and the United States moving a naval strike group off the Korean peninsula.  The commentary almost always revolves around strategic issues, espec...

Trump’s Meddling in Asia

United States President Donald Trump’s focus on North Korea is playing into Chinese hands and, by default, further weakening the US position in a Southeast Asia increasingly subject to Chinese carrots and stick...