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June 15, 2020

North Korea
The Illusion of Peace and the Failure of U.S.-North Korea Summitry

On June 12, North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Son-gwon issued a highly unusual commemorative statement to mark the second anniversary of the first-ever meeting of U.S. President Donald J. Trump and N…

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visits a pursuit assault plane group under the Air and Anti-Aircraft Division in western North Korea on an unknown date.

June 15, 2020

North Korea
The Illusion of Peace and the Failure of U.S.-North Korea Summitry

On June 12, North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Son-gwon issued a highly unusual commemorative statement to mark the second anniversary of the first-ever meeting of U.S. President Donald J. Trump and N…

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visits a pursuit assault plane group under the Air and Anti-Aircraft Division in western North Korea on an unknown date. KCNA/Reuters

June 26, 2020

South Korea
Back to Square One for Inter-Korean Relations

Tensions rocketed on June 16 when North Korea demolished a liaison office that had stood as a symbol of hope for improved communications.

South Korean soldiers take part in a live fire exercise near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Paju, South Korea, on June 22, 2020.

June 18, 2020

North Korea
North Korea’s Loyalty Test and the Demolition of Inter-Korean Relations

This week, North Korea’s Kim family dynasty imposed a new test of loyalty on its southern neighbors and found them lacking. 

A view of the explosion of North Korea's joint liaison office with South Korea in the border town of Kaesong, North Korea in this picture supplied by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on June 16, 2020.

June 5, 2020

South Korea
The Pandemic and Korean Foreign Policy in the Event of the Dissolution of the U.S.-ROK Alliance

Regardless of whether the global novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is an accelerant of existing global trends or a historical turning point, the pandemic and its consequences have constituted a m…

South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks on the occasion of the third anniversary of his inauguration at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, on May 10, 2020.

June 16, 2020

United States
George Floyd’s Murder Revives Anti-Colonialism in Western Europe

The murder of George Floyd by a policeman and the ensuing protests against racism and police brutality in the United States have ignited similar protests in Europe. Large crowds are acknowledging the links among slavery, European colonialism, and racism.

Protestors dressed mostly in black with masks and face coverings display the DRC flag on the pedestal of a massive statue of King Leopold II on a horse. The sky is white and there is green foliage from a tree in the back left of the photo.

June 12, 2020

Nigeria
Bandit and Jihadi Attacks Span Northern Nigeria

On June 10, an estimated 150 bandits killed fifteen-seven people across six villages in Katsina state. Thirty-three of the victims were from the village of Kadisau and, according to a resident, they rustled two hundred head of cattle and looted every shop

A boy rides his bike on a dirt road, with other people in the background, by the site of Mallam Nigas’s Islamic school and rehabilitation center, which was raided by police last week.

April 30, 2020

South Korea
The Pandemic Election and Moon's Leadership Choices

Only performance, not ideology, will enable Moon's ruling party to secure a lasting legacy.  

South Korean President Moon Jae-in wears a mask and plastic gloves to protect against COVID-19 as he votes in the parliamentary elections at a polling station in Seoul, South Korea, on April 10, 2020.

June 3, 2020

Nigeria
Recent Flare Up in Violence Across Northwestern Nigeria

Some five hundred "bandits" on motocycles attacked a village (or perhaps several villages) in Katsina State in northwest Nigeria over May 30 and 31. They made off with "thousands" of livestock, likely cattle, and killed 18 villagers and a local headman.

Three soldiers walk on a dirt road with rifles. In the background, armored troop carriers drives on the dirt road along a wall with trees further down the road.

April 17, 2020

South Korea
Implications of South Korea’s Historic COVID-19 Elections

The scale of the Democratic Party’s victory virtually eliminates the ability of the opposition to obstruct major legislation.

National Election Commission officials count ballots for the parliamentary elections, amid the COVID-19 outbreak, in Seoul, South Korea, on April 15, 2020.