Keeping North Korean in Japan

February 04, 2014

Parents and students in Japan's "North Korean" schools struggle to maintain their identity. However prepared I may have been before entering the school building, the first thing that struck me as I walked from classroom to classroom were the stern portraits of Kim Il-sung, the first...

Beyond Brinksmanship: An Analysis of the Asia Pivot Strategy

May 01, 2013

Brinksmanship is a logical tactic deployed by North Korea when it feels backed into a corner with nothing to lose, because it has everything to gain. The annual round of brinksmanship between the US and the Democratic People’s Republic of...

The Korean Peninsula: Conflict on the Horizon?

May 01, 2013

As tension between North and South Korea continues, an armed conflict, however contained, can potentially wreak havoc in the Korean Peninsula and the wider East Asian region. Background North Korea has continued its policy of aggressive posturing and combative rhetoric under new leader Kim...