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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 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.

July 10, 2020

North Korea
Disruption and Realignment Are Necessary for Peace in Korea

The Korean War had hybrid origins as a civil war, a regional conflict, and a flashpoint in the global bipolar competition. The peninsular, regional, and global dimensions of the confrontation pointed…

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un walk during a luncheon, in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 21, 2018. 

June 27, 2020

United States
TWE Remembers: Truman’s Decision to Intervene in Korea

Seventy years ago today, President Harry Truman ordered the U.S. military to aid South Korea in repulsing an invasion from North Korea. The decision had geopolitical consequences that are still felt …

North Korea

July 15, 2020

South Korea
Remembering General Paik Sun-yup

Without Paik’s herculean effort, South Korea as we know it today—a vibrant, capitalist, and liberal democracy—wouldn’t exist.

General Paik Sun-yup, 1950

March 6, 2020

North Korea
North Korea’s Coronavirus Quarantine: More Effective Than Sanctions

Coronavirus will likely be far more effective than sanctions in inducing internal changes in North Korea.

Volunteers carry out disinfection work during an anti-virus campaign in Pyongyang, North Korea in this image released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 4, 2020.

February 28, 2020

South Korea
The Real Obstacles to the Return of Tourists to North Korea’s Mount Kumgang

Has the time come for South Korean tourists to return to Mount Kumgang?

An employee enters a room at a hotel in Mount Kumgang resort in Kumgang, North Korea, on September 1, 2011.

July 8, 2020

China
Slouching Toward Phase One

On current trends, goods exports to China will struggle to reach their 2017 level—there won't be any big gains from the Phase One deal.

US Goods Exports to China Cumulative Comp and projections for 2020

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.