COVID-19, South Korea and the “Death” of Kim

April 30, 2020

The North Korea Summit Wasn’t a Success

January 16, 2019

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Ramesh Thakur, a former assistant secretary-general of the United Nations. During his tenure in office, President Donald Trump has made two controversial nuclear decisions with substantial impact on US foreign relations. First, Trump...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Epochal” Progress on North Korea

July 17, 2018

The question on everyone’s lips: Are Trump and Kim really in a relationship? The drama of developing or deteriorating relations between the US and North Korea — or rather between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un — continues on its inscrutable path as the West tries, perhaps for the first time,...

Dear White People: How Trump’s Racism Affects Foreign Policy

June 08, 2018

What ultimately enthroned Donald Trump in the White House is the same thing that eventually dethroned Roseanne Barr from television: racism. In 2012, Roseanne Barr ran for president. The actress/comedian received the nomination of California’s feminist-socialist Peace and Freedom Party. She...

Korea and the Geopolitics of the Impossible

April 27, 2018

Careful Korean diplomacy, coupled by Trump's desire to do what Obama couldn't, could mean a rapprochement on the Korean Peninsula no one thought possible. In geopolitics, everything is impossible — until, suddenly, it isn‘t. Wars that no one ever believed could happen flare into existence,...

Shock, But Hold the Awe: Trump to Meet Kim

March 09, 2018

Can the world expect substantive achievements to come out of the meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, two of the most unpredictable leaders? The world can be forgiven for having been whipsawed by Washington’s announcement on March 8 that President Donald Trump will meet with North...

What Does It Take to Escape North Korea?

December 09, 2017

Despite the deadly ramifications of fleeing Kim Jong-un’s regime, North Koreans are risking their lives for freedom. When it comes to human rights, North Korea, according to Amnesty International, “is in a category of its own.” Under one of the world’s most isolated and repressive...

How Kim Jong-un is Liberating North Korea

November 27, 2015

Swiss-educated reformer Kim Jong-un is liberating North Korea by proliferating a capitalist, knowledge-based economy, says Michael Bassett.  When Kim Jong-il died, speculation ran awry that North Korea would either collapse or be taken over by hard-liners. Analysts watched doggedly as the...

North Korea: “The Marshall” is a Game Changer

September 22, 2013

North Korea's "charm offensive" is further evidence of an evolving regime. On January 2, 2013, the Rodong Shimun — North Korea’s state-run newspaper —  published Kim Jung-Un’s New Year's “guidance,” which laid out details of his vision for...

How Dangerous is North Korea Now?

May 08, 2013

By Reshma Patil The new provocations from Pyongyang heighten the risk of a military showdown with the US, South Korea and Japan. China, the only power with sway over the regime, is exercising limited options for peace on the peninsula. An untested 30-year-old dictator declares a ‘state of...

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