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...

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...

South Korea: Why One Plus One Might Not Equal Two

December 16, 2012

Political turmoil escalates as South Korea's third and independent runner announced resignation in the midst of discussing unifying with the runner from opposing party. "I'm giving up my presidential candidacy…From now on, Moon Jae-in is the single liberal candidate." Ahn...

Elections in South Korea: How to Engage Pyongyang?

December 15, 2012

The two presidential candidates, Park Geun-hye and Moon Jae-in, share certain policy visions concerning North Korea, but ultimately take a very different stand on this issue. South Korea is facing a presidential election on 19 December. Its outcome promises to be critical for the future trajectory...

Inter-Korean Relations: A Tough Journey Ahead?

December 15, 2012

South Korea faces various challenges deriving from its northern neighbor as well as regional and international issues.In the upcoming election the candidates need to map out clear visions of inter-Korean and foreign relations. On 19 December, South Koreans will be casting their votes to determine...