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February 15, 2019

South Korea
Will Trump and Kim be Bound Together by Strength or Weakness?

Despite both leaders’ desire to highlight their own achievements, the second summit’s outcome may be determined more by the ability of each side to respond to each other’s weaknesses than by the abil…

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January 9, 2019

North Korea
What Does Kim Jong-un Want From China?

Kim’s meetings with Xi are an effort to drive up the price in negotiations with the United States beyond what North Korea would be able to demand on its own.

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February 4, 2019

South Korea
Second Trump-Kim Summit Preparations: Where Do We Stand?

U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun's first public speech provides a useful status report, only three weeks before Trump and Kim meet for a second time.

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February 4, 2019

Japan
Japan-South Korea Tensions Spur the Need for Courage and Creativity

This post is co-authored with Brad Glosserman, deputy director of and visiting professor at the Tama University Center for Rule Making Strategies and senior advisor for Pacific Forum. Scott A. Snyder…

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January 3, 2019

North Korea
North Korea in 2019: The Lure of the Korean Love Triangle

Dressed in a finely-tailored suit and ensconced in his plush personal library, Kim Jong-un made the business of wooing Donald J. Trump a main theme of his New Year’s address, setting the tone of Nort…

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December 31, 2018

South Korea
2018 in Review: Kim's Diplomatic Debut

From testing intercontinental ballistic missiles and nuclear bombs, Kim moved to testing diplomatic prospects for the normalization of himself as an international leader and of North Korea as a nucle…

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November 15, 2018

South Korea
Inter-Korean Military Tension Reduction, North Korean Denuclearization, and the U.S.-ROK Security Alliance

The biggest risk the United States and South Korea face is the apparent progress in inter-Korean conventional tension reduction measures without commensurate diplomatic progress on North Korea's denu…

South Korean National Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo attends an armed forces full honor arrival ceremony hosted by U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis before the 50th annual ROK-U.S. Security Consultative Meeting, October 31, 2018.

October 2, 2018

South Korea
China’s Shifting Roles on the Korean Peninsula: Unintended Consequences of the Singapore Summit

One of the most challenging issues the Trump administration now faces is how to convince China to maintain economic pressure on North Korea in the midst of a simultaneously unfolding inter-Korean pea…

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his wife Ri Sol Ju pose beside Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan in Beijing, China.

March 8, 2019

Democratic Republic of Congo
Global Conflict This Week: New Reforms and Transitions in the DRC

Developments in conflicts across the world that you might have missed this week.

DRC outgoing President Kabila and his successor Felix Tshisekedi stand during Tshisekedi's inauguration ceremony

September 6, 2018

South Korea
Setting the Stage for the Third Inter-Korean Moon-Kim Summit in Pyongyang

South Korean President Moon Jae-in dispatched a special envoy delegation composed of the same members that met Kim Jong-un in March to discuss arrangements for an inter-Korean summit planned for Pyon…

Chief of the national security office at Seoul's presidential Blue House Chung Eui-yong meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang, North Korea September 5, 2018.