A New Direction for Nukes and North Korea

October 09, 2020

North Korea’s acquisition of nuclear weapons has changed the nuclear balance in Northeast Asia. But it hasn’t altered the way politicians and diplomats approach the question of arms control and disarmament in the region. The debate among influencers continues to revolve around two versions of...

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...

North Korea: Playing Russian Roulette of the Nuclear Variety?

May 01, 2013

Justin Dargin, a geopolitics expert from the University of Oxford, speaks to Fair Observer's Nishtha Chugh about the implications of North Korea’s nuclear program and why its latest test is essentially a show of strength by its young leader. Nishtha Chugh: What is your evaluation of...

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...

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...