Moving Toward a Neutral South Korea

March 26, 2021

The Hidden History of Korean Anarchism

March 19, 2021

Sexuality, Relationships and a History of Queer Korea

September 29, 2020

The Death and Life of Great Korean Cities

November 11, 2019

Gentrification and the Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Seoul

September 26, 2019

Cultural Engagement, Not Military, Will End the Korean War

January 10, 2016

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

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...

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