Darkness Sets Over Korean Peninsula

February 17, 2016

With governments on both sides of the DMZ extinguishing what little remained of the “sunshine era” of engagement, the Korean Peninsula is lurching toward a new period of darkness. As the world focuses on the war in Syria, the refugee crisis in Europe and the primary slugfest in the United...

The Real North Korean Threat

October 27, 2013

In North Korea, the threat of desertification should be raised to the same level as nuclear nonproliferation. By Emanuel Pastreich There is a terrible danger lurking just over the DMZ that threatens the Republic of Korea and Northeast Asia. This threat demands an immediate response that is...

Post-Brinksmanship Posturing on the Korean Peninsula

June 24, 2013

North and South Korea will one day have to move past matters of pride. Real political change on the Korean Peninsula will occur only when mutual recognition is achieved between the north and the south. This “Achilles Heel” of the Korean quagmire is the reason why joint talks between...

A Note from North Korea: Rhetoric and Realities

April 11, 2013

After his first of four cultural diplomatic trips to North Korea, Michael Bassett discusses the interplay of rhetoric and reality in the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea. I thought it was going to be a great risk for me to visit...

Tension in Season for the United States and North Korea

March 24, 2013

The annual “Tension Season” in relations between the United States and North Korea is noticeably harsher this year.     Every year, there seems to be two periods of tension in the relationship between the United States and North Korea. These seasons of tension are...