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April 30, 2006

Can the dollar block survive another bout of dollar weakness?

In case you haven't noticed, the dollar is now closer to 1.30 (v. the euro) than 1.20 - or even 1.15.  Carry is no longer king.   There is talk of a "regime change" in the fx market.  Or at least…

December 27, 2006

Monetary Policy
Asian central bank watch, last week of December edition

The reasons why central banks in India and Thailand decided to be more “scrooge” than “santa” this December are coming into clearer focus. Take India.  Before the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) hi…

August 1, 2009

North Korea
The Missing Consensus: U.S. Policy Specialist Views on Korea

Stephen Costello is President of ProGlobal, Inc. He previously directed the Program on Korea at the Atlantic Council of the United States and was Director of the Kim Dae-jung Peace Foundation, U.S…

Amb. Susan Rice on North Korean Missile Launch

December 1, 2009

North Korea
Dispatch From Pyongyang: An Offer You Can’t Refuse!

Every North Korean seems to have been mobilized for an all-out push to mark their country’s arrival as a “strong and powerful nation” in 2012, which marks the hundredth anniversary of Kim Il-sung’s b…

Ruryong Hotel in Pyongyang

March 1, 2010

South Korea
The United States and South Korea: Challenges and Remedies for Wartime Operational Control

Bruce E. Bechtol Jr. is Professor of International Relations at Marine Corps Command and Staff College. The views expressed in this paper are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the of…

39th Security Consultative Meeting

January 22, 2010

China-DPRK Relations: A Return to a Strategic Relationship?

Following North Korea’s second nuclear test in May of 2009, Chinese analysts did not hide their frustration with Pyongyang. China signed on to a robust UN Security Council resolution condemning the t…

May 1, 2010

North Korea
Nuclear Posture Review and Its Implications on the Korean Peninsula

Kim Hyun-wook is Professor at the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security (IFANS), South Korea. Since his inauguration, President Obama has placed substantial emphasis on pushing forward …

Nuclear Posture Review

March 11, 2010

North Korea
Rajin-Sonbong: North Korea’s (New?) Strategy to Attract Foreign Investment

I’ve been watching North Korea ramp up efforts to attract foreign investment since Jack Pritchard and I heard last November in Pyongyang from the chairman of Pyongyang’s Foreign Investment Advisory B…

June 4, 2010

China’s Tough Choices

Photo courtesy of REUTERS/CCTV via Reuters TV Remember all those books and articles about a “power shift” in Asia, or China “eating America’s lunch,” or the relentless advance of Beijing’s soft powe…

China’s Tough Choices

May 17, 2010

The King

Photo courtesy of Ho New / Reuters In the Sunday New York Times, Seth Mydans and Thomas Fuller, the Bangkok correspondents, have written an insightful article on Thailand’s King Bhumibhol Adulyadej …

The King