article placeholder

Book Review: A Look Inside a Secretive North Korea

Jang Jin-sung’s run to freedom started when he turned his face to the sunlight. Jang originally penned pro-North Korean propaganda in the Communist Party's United Front Department (UFD) in Pyongyang to attempt ...
article placeholder

Some North Koreans Head Home

The number of North Korean refugees reaching South Korea is on the decline. The South Korean government says it’s due to tougher border security, enforced by their ruler, Kim Jong-un. But advocates say there’s ...
article placeholder

North Korean Purges Threaten Relations with China

In a country where purges are as commonplace as polling in democratic countries, the summary execution of North Korea’s number two figure Jang Song Thaek, 67, was breathtaking in its brutality. Jang's extensive tentacles of his power and influence, as well as ...
article placeholder

China Tries to Harness North Korea

China has been playing a careful and relatively sophisticated strategic game with its unruly ally North Korea, attempting to harness Pyongyang’s determination to expand its nuclear capability while at the same ...
article placeholder

Explaining North Korea’s irrationality

The recent North Korean bluster following the latest UN sanctions against Pyongyang ranged from the bizarre to the scary. Perhaps more significantly it again spurred questions about the capability of rational p...
article placeholder

Red Line Blues: North Korea, Iran and Syria

From the Levant and the Persian Gulf to the Korean peninsula, events in recent weeks have offered a clinic in the difficulty of enforcing red lines on rogue regimes and their weapons of mass destruction, as well as how US credibility suffers when presidents co...
article placeholder

End Game for the Korean Peninsula

Over the last month the media has led the world to believe that North Korea, the United States and South Korea are standing eyeball to eyeball on the brink of war. Secretary Kerry's comments after meeting w...
article placeholder

Is a New Stage Coming for the Koreas?

The nuclear crisis barometer on the Korean peninsula has risen and fallen numerous times during the 20 years since North Korea announced its withdrawal from the nuclear non-proliferation treaty on March 12, 199...
article placeholder

Xi Jinping’s First Great Test

In Washington, D.C. today, the White House was taken over by North Korean terrorists. With the help of a rogue Secret Service agent, the President and his senior advisors have been taken hostage. The terrorists' leader, blaming the US for his parents' death du...
article placeholder

Opinion: Was Kerry’s China Trip to Save Face?

In his first trip to the region after becoming US Secretary of State and after a whistle stop in South Korea John Kerry flew into Beijing to meet with China's State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Foreign Minister Wa...