South Korea Shows the Way Forward for Post-Pandemic Recovery

April 24, 2020

The current pandemic has led to the postponement of elections around the world. Over 75 countries have declared some kind of state of emergency. Several illiberal leaders, like Viktor Orban, have used the crisis to seize virtually unlimited powers. The Chinese model of full-spectrum clampdown...

Two-Faced Trump: Peace in Korea, World War in the Middle East

May 04, 2018

Trump believes he can simultaneously capture a Nobel Peace Prize for North Korea while leaping toward war with Iran. The president giveth and he taketh away. Donald Trump is a stern and wrathful leader. He thinks nothing of raining down fire and fury upon the enemies of his “chosen...

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,...

North Korea Is Walking Back War

January 12, 2018

Pundits seem more concerned about the North driving a "wedge" between the US and the South than about preventing nuclear war. In talks this week at the DMZ, South Korea welcomed the participation of North Korea in the upcoming Winter Olympics. The two countries also discussed restarting reunions...

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The Insult Wars in Washington

July 10, 2017

The Twitter wars between Donald Trump and the media blind us to our planet and its troubles. I don’t tweet, but I do have a brief message for our president: Will you please get the hell out of the way for a few minutes? You and your antics are blocking our view of the damn world and it’s a...

The World This Week: New South Korean President Faces Three Big Challenges

May 14, 2017

Moon Jae-in’s election victory is a triumph for democracy, but reforming the economy, balancing China and the US, and managing North Korea will prove tricky. This week, US President Donald Trump sacked James Comey, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. To say this has proved to...