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...

Keeping North Korean in Japan

February 04, 2014

Parents and students in Japan's "North Korean" schools struggle to maintain their identity. However prepared I may have been before entering the school building, the first thing that struck me as I walked from classroom to classroom were the stern portraits of Kim Il-sung, the first...

The Real North Korean Threat

October 27, 2013

In North Korea, the threat of desertification should be raised to the same level as nuclear nonproliferation. By Emanuel Pastreich There is a terrible danger lurking just over the DMZ that threatens the Republic of Korea and Northeast Asia. This threat demands an immediate response that is...

North Korea: “The Marshall” is a Game Changer

September 22, 2013

North Korea's "charm offensive" is further evidence of an evolving regime. On January 2, 2013, the Rodong Shimun — North Korea’s state-run newspaper —  published Kim Jung-Un’s New Year's “guidance,” which laid out details of his vision for...

Is it Time to Defy Washington’s Logic on North Korea?

August 23, 2013

The US has failed with its “Strategic Patience” policy. Many observers are wondering which direction events on the Korean Peninsula will go. The emerging mantra in South Korea calls for peace and understanding with its northern neighbor. The South Korean president, Park Geun-hye,...

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...

Beijing on Pyongyang: A Change of Tack, Not Heart

May 13, 2013

China’s cooperation in dealing with North Korea will likely be temporary and prudential. If North Korea is the hysterical child that Western news media — aided by the north’s own apocalyptic rhetoric — portrays it to be, then China is often cast as the doting grandparent, indulgent to a...

How Dangerous is North Korea Now?

May 08, 2013

By Reshma Patil The new provocations from Pyongyang heighten the risk of a military showdown with the US, South Korea and Japan. China, the only power with sway over the regime, is exercising limited options for peace on the peninsula. An untested 30-year-old dictator declares a ‘state of...

North Korea: Playing Russian Roulette of the Nuclear Variety?

May 01, 2013

Justin Dargin, a geopolitics expert from the University of Oxford, speaks to Fair Observer's Nishtha Chugh about the implications of North Korea’s nuclear program and why its latest test is essentially a show of strength by its young leader. Nishtha Chugh: What is your evaluation of...

Beyond Brinksmanship: An Analysis of the Asia Pivot Strategy

May 01, 2013

Brinksmanship is a logical tactic deployed by North Korea when it feels backed into a corner with nothing to lose, because it has everything to gain. The annual round of brinksmanship between the US and the Democratic People’s Republic of...

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