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: A History of Belligerence

May 01, 2013

North Korea’s recent rhetoric is neither new nor surprising. While nuclear weapons in the hands of a volatile and irrational leader are cause for concern, it is unlikely that Pyongyang is on a suicide mission.  The ongoing tensions between North Korea, South Korea and the United...

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...

North Korea: Missing the Forest for the Trees (Part 2/2)

February 20, 2013

Nicholas A. Heras speaks to North Korea expert Michael Bassett about the country's internal society and its role in the international system. Read part one here. Nicholas A. Heras: Is the peaceful unification of the Korean Peninsula under one state possible, and under what conditions? Michael...

Building Trust With North Korea

February 20, 2013

The international community should normalize relations with North Korea to raise mutual cultural understanding and trust between North Koreans and the outside world. Analyzing North Korea and its place in the international system strikes a personal chord. For me, it is frustrating that so many...

North Korea: Missing the Forest for the Trees (Part 1/2)

February 13, 2013

Nicholas A. Heras speaks to North Korea expert Michael Bassett about the country's internal society and its role in the international system. North Korea is again at the center of international attention due to assertions that its leadership is pursuing a program of enriching uranium in order...