The Korean Peninsula: Why 2023 Will Not Be Like 2017

The Interpreter

With Pyongyang provoking with purpose, the temperament of the White House will determine whether there will be a a repeat of the 2017 days of “fire and fury.”


How North Korea Is Trying To Keep Citizens From Defecting

Deutsche Welle

Pyongyang claims extensive new fortifications on its border with China and a “shoot-to-kill” policy for anyone suspected of attempting to flee are measures to keep Covid-19 s at bay.


Worth a Thousand Words: What Kim Jong‑Un’s Daughter Photo Tells

The Interpreter

The appearance of Kim’s daughter at an ICBM launch underscores how the regime sees its nuclear weapons program as a fixture and that the North Korean leadership is willing and prepared to continue on this path.


Come What May, North Korea Perseveres

The Interpreter

No manner of sanctions appears to dent Pyongyang’s determination to remain solitary and nuclear armed.


Lies, Damn Lies, and North Korea’s Covid Statistics

The Interpreter

Why has Pyongyang suddenly fessed up to an outbreak after years of insisting the virus has been held completely at bay?


A Foreign Policy Cheat Sheet for South Korea’s Presidential Election

The Interpreter

Liberal and conservative candidates bring distinct traits to office. But after polling day, the shackles could come off.


North and South Korea Reconnect Cross-border Hotline

Deutsche Welle

Pyongyang last cut off the hotline in August after joint U.S.-South Korea military drills. The move comes amid a series of weapons tests by the North.


The Dangers of Flip-flopping on North Korea

Dongxiao Chen

The security situation on the Korean peninsula seems to be moving further away from Beijing’s preferred objectives.


North Korea and the Guns of August

Daniel Fazio

Brinkmanship on the Korean Peninsula can only go so far before a crisis occurs, or war breaks out, Daniel Fazio writes.

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