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February 1, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
The U.S. military's Joint Chiefs of Staff listen to U.S. President Donald Trump's State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., January 30, 2018 The State of the Union and the Dangerous Turn in the United States’ North Korea Policy

President Trump’s State of the Union speech signaled the White House’s dangerous and growing fixation on using maximum pressure alone to denuclearize North Korea. But the soundest way to resolve the …

November 1, 2017

North Korea
U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend the bilateral meeting at the G20 leaders summit in Hamburg, Germany July 8, 2017. A Grand Bargain for the Long Game on the Korean Peninsula

Patricia Kim is the Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Despite President Trump’s threats to destroy North Korea if necessary, and recent steps by Beijing to reduc…

January 4, 2018

North Korea
Why Kim Jong-un Will Fail at Breaking the U.S.-South Korea Alliance Why Kim Jong-un Will Fail at Breaking the U.S.-South Korea Alliance

At least for the moment, Kim Jong-un has shifted gears from missile-testing to peace-talking. On Monday, he offered to discuss with South Korea the need for a peaceful winter Olympic atmosphere on th…

January 2, 2018

North Korea
Kim Jong-un’s Dialogue Offer and South Korea’s Choice Kim Jong-un’s Dialogue Offer and South Korea’s Choice

With about five weeks to go until the Winter Olympics in South Korea, North Korea’s Kim Jong-un suddenly appeared to reverse course. Having focused on nuclear and missile testing while rejecting conc…

February 16, 2018

North Korea
KCNA Avoiding War With North Korea

The U.S. military is prepared for a number of contingencies with regard to North Korea, but the best path forward is diplomacy aimed at denuclearization.

February 8, 2018

China
China-North-Korea-Cover.jpg The China–North Korea Relationship

China is North Korea’s biggest trade partner and has leverage over Kim Jong-un’s regime, yet its policies focus more on border stability than nuclear threat.

February 9, 2018

South Korea
The Olympics Are Here and the Stakes Are High for South Korea The Pyeongchang Winter Olympiad and South Korea’s Diplomatic Goals

South Korea branded the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics as the “Peace Olympics” as part of its campaign to win rights to host the games. Just months ago, the phrase seemed empty as Donald Trump and Kim J…

February 6, 2018

Energy and Climate Policy
A prototype hydrogen powered fuel cell semi-truck is shown by Toyota at the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S., November 30, 2017. Is Natural Gas the Transition Fuel for Hydrogen?

This post is co-written by Joan Ogden, professor of environmental science and policy at UC Davis and director of the Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways (STEPS) program at the campus’ Institut…

September 27, 2017

North Korea
Kim Jong Un’s Direct Response to Trump’s Threatening UN Speech Kim Jong Un’s Direct Response to Trump’s Threatening UN Speech

Last week, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un released an unprecedented direct statement through KCNA in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s bombastic UN General Assembly speech. It deserves caref…