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September 26, 2017

North Korea
Trump's Stepped Up Sanctions on North Korea Trump's Stepped Up Sanctions on North Korea

The Trump administration issued a new Executive Order on September 21 expanding the U.S. Treasury’s authority to block North Koreans, and those who do business with or on behalf of North Koreans, fro…

November 7, 2017

North Korea
America First or U.S.-South Korea Alliance First in Dealing with North Korea? America First or U.S.-South Korea Alliance First in Dealing with North Korea?

As President Donald Trump was kicking off the first state visit under the progressive administration of Moon Jae-in, the life-or-death question in South Korean minds was whether Trump intended to t…

November 7, 2017

North Korea
Can the United States, China, and South Korea Cooperate on North Korea? Can the United States, China, and South Korea Cooperate on North Korea?

Yet again, Asia watchers are pondering how China might be able to help with the North Korean crisis. The vast majority in the Washington DC policy community is skeptical that Beijing has the will or …

September 28, 2017

North Korea
Dealing with North Korea’s Ballistic Missiles: A Brief Look Dealing With North Korea’s Ballistic Missiles: A Brief Look

A version of this post is set to appear in Airpress. North Korea’s intense series of ballistic missile tests since last year has brought Kim Jong-un ever closer to mastering the capability to hit …

September 18, 2017

Israel
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Is Iran the New North Korea? Not Even Close

Israel is alarmed about Iran's intentions — but that's nothing new. Flawed as it is, the nuclear deal is holding.

August 10, 2017

North Korea
The Unacceptability of Vulnerability to North Korea’s Nuclear Arsenal The Unacceptability of Vulnerability to North Korea’s Nuclear Arsenal

North Korea under Kim Jong Un has become a parasite that increasingly threatens both the Korean Peninsula and the world. Kim’s nuclear weapons program has given him hope that time is on his side, and…

November 6, 2017

North Korea
Rationalizing Donald Trump’s Messages to North Korea During His Asia Trip Rationalizing Donald Trump’s Messages to North Korea During His Asia Trip

Donald Trump’s visit to Asia will put in the spotlight one of the biggest problems that has beset his administration’s policy toward North Korea. On the one hand, Trump is expected to provide assuran…

October 25, 2017

North Korea
Kim Jong un computer North Korea’s Offensive Cyber Program Might Be Good, But Is it Effective?

North Korea's activities in cyberspace have drawn a lot of attention but there is little evidence that they are strategically significant.

October 17, 2017

China
After the Party Congress, Will Xi Jinping Finally Get Tough on North Korea? After the Party Congress, Will Xi Jinping Finally Get Tough on North Korea?

The importance of the Chinese Communist Party’s 19th party congress to the future of Xi Jinping’s leadership and the direction of China has paralyzed policy debates on many issues, including North Ko…

October 16, 2017

Cybersecurity
Kim Jong-Un Lost in Cyber Translation? U.S. Cyber Signaling to North Korea

The United States wants to use cyber operations to signal its resolve against North Korea's nuclear program, but it is unclear whether Pyongyang will get the message.