Tag: Korea

Cultural Engagement, Not Military, Will End the Korean War

Cultural Engagement, Not Military, Will End the Korean War

The Korean War is the root cause of all human suffering on the peninsula. The cycle must be broken, says Michael Bassett.  In 2013, North Korea conducted its third nuclear test, and the world responded by inducing a period of brinksmanship that came dangerously close to spiraling the unending...

Post-Brinksmanship Posturing on the Korean Peninsula

Post-Brinksmanship Posturing on the Korean Peninsula

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

A Note from North Korea: Rhetoric and Realities

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

Tension in Season for the United States and North Korea

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...

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