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2023/01/17 | Voice of America

Why South Korea’s President Is Talking About Nuclear Weapons

Yoon could be using the issue to send a tough message to North Korea, but it could be counterproductive, analysts say.

2022/12/19 | East Asia Forum

Kishida’s Difficult Year

Support for Kishida’s government has plummeted to below 30%. Next year will be no easier with local elections scheduled in April and big issues on the table such as mounting security challenges, a declining birth rate, and overcoming obstacles to economic reform.

2022/12/05 | Deutsche Welle

How North Korea Is Trying To Keep Citizens From Defecting

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.

2022/11/24 | The Interpreter

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

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.

2022/11/07 | The Conversation

North Korea’s Flurry of Missile Tests Raises Alarm – But Are We Seeing Anything New?

The sustained pace of missile launches may serve as a distraction to focus the North Korean people’s gaze on the external enemy rather than their own distress and the government’s role in it.

2022/11/03 | Deutsche Welle

North Korea Fires Missile Near Japan

North Korea continued missile launches for a second day, including a potential ICMB that prompted evacuations in Japan. The West condemned Pyongyang’s unprecedented display of military firepower.

2022/10/05 | The Interpreter

Hot Button Issue: North Korea’s Bold New Nuclear Stance

Regional leaders would do well to focus on engagement with Pyongyang after missile launches set a dangerous precedent.

2022/06/28 | Voice of America

What To Expect From South Korea’s First NATO Summit

South Korea’s president has vowed to make the country a “global pivotal state” bolstering cooperation with like-minded countries to promote liberal democratic values of freedom, peace, and prosperity.

2022/06/09 | Timothy S. Rich

To What Extent Do South Koreans Perceive North Korean Cyberattacks as a Threat?

A recent survey of South Koreans indicates that cyberattacks are viewed as a threat comparable to nuclear weapons, particularly among the elderly.

2022/05/27 | Voice of America

As Biden Leaves Asia, North Korea Launches ICBM, Other Missiles

North Korea test-fired three ballistic missiles, including what appeared to be an intercontinental ballistic missile, hours after U.S. President left South Korea.

2022/05/20 | The Interpreter

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

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

2022/05/05 | Deutsche Welle

North Korea Cracks Down on ‘Capitalist’ Pop Culture

An increase in the scale of prison and labor camps in North Korea suggests more people are falling foul of the regime’s rules on deviation from the socialist norm, analysts say.

2022/04/14 | Voice of America

Experts: New Sanctions Unlikely To Deter North Korea From Nuclear Path

A U.N. Security Council Resolution banned North Korea’s exports of coal, iron, and seafood, but Pyongyang often manages to evade sanctions to sell these products by illicit means.

2022/03/18 | East Asia Forum

Can Seoul Court Beijing’s Perception Problem?

While it might be unrealistic for Seoul to completely sever itself from Washington’s global geostrategy, Beijing and Seoul could still reach a modus vivendi on South Korea’s contribution to the U.S.-led Indo-Pacific Strategy and its future relationship with the Quad.

2022/02/10 | The Interpreter

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

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

2022/01/20 | Deutsche Welle

North Korea Hints It May Resume Nuclear Tests

North Korean state media said the country would consider restarting “suspended activities,” amid preparations for a “long-term confrontation” with the United States.

2021/12/15 | Deutsche Welle

Is South Korea Close to Officially Ending the Korean War?

It has long been a dream of South Korean President Moon to formally end the war with the North, but analysts caution the idea may not be strategically sound or politically feasible.

2021/12/01 | Timothy S. Rich

Survey: How Concerned Are Americans About a Conflict with China and North Korea?

In contrast with North Korea, China is more credibly seen as posing both a military and economic threat to the U.S. and the public is likely more familiar with China’s human rights abuses.