Moving Toward a Neutral South Korea

March 26, 2021

The Importance of the US-South Korea Relationship

October 26, 2020

There are many things we look for in a president. We look for leadership and the ability to manage grave challenges like a pandemic. While most people are focused on avoiding COVID-19 and keeping their jobs, we would be wise to remember that one of the most important roles for any president is to...

Could Change Come to North Korea?

February 19, 2019

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Andrew Yeo, associate professor of politics at The Catholic University of America. There are few reports with encouraging overtones emerging from North Korea. The country is mostly known for its contentious nuclear program and pervasive...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Improvisation” with Trump and Kim

May 01, 2018

Why are we so uncomfortable with the idea of improvising? Business Insider’s Tara Francis Chan analyses the clues from the historic meeting between the leaders of the two Koreas: Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in. Chan noticed that the North Korean leader surprised observers by allowing himself to...

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,...

Darkness Sets Over Korean Peninsula

February 17, 2016

With governments on both sides of the DMZ extinguishing what little remained of the “sunshine era” of engagement, the Korean Peninsula is lurching toward a new period of darkness. As the world focuses on the war in Syria, the refugee crisis in Europe and the primary slugfest in the United...

What’s Tourism in North Korea Like?

February 08, 2016

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...

Modern Warfare Korea: The Weaponization of Human Rights

September 11, 2015

It is time to re-imagine North Korea in international politics with a focus on unification, instead of demonization. Ask the average American their thoughts on North Korea and, without hesitation, most will recite the litany of evils that the country is caricatured as, but very few know much...

Is it Time for the US to Broker Peace in Korea?

March 10, 2015

Like the Vietnam conflict, the Korean War’s long shadow could impact US foreign policy for decades to come. Imagine for a moment that Kim Jong-un isn’t really an evil communist dictator, but a Confucian king ruling a capitalist monarchy. Imagine that positive reforms were taking place in a...

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