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  • South Korea’s Coronavirus Opening Did Not Go As Planned. What Can America Learn?

    Robert E. Kelly Security, Asia South Korea is a canary in the coal mine for coronavirus-stricken democracies. The virus struck earlier here than in Western democracies, and the suppression has been superb. So South Korea is much further along than the West. What it does now can be a learning moment for other societies considering reopening, and the bitter lesson from this past weekend is that the coronavirus will snap back, even here. For months, the story of South Korea’s fight against the...

    The National Interest
  • Inside Kim Jong Un’s ‘tremendous’ Mar-a-Lago-style resort in North Korea

    Remember when President Trump ditched New York and made Florida his official residence? North Korea analysts think leader Kim Jong Un has pulled the same move, Hermit Kingdom-style. When it comes to Kim’s health, he’s likely still not dead, though he hasn’t been seen since May 1 when he visited a fertilizer factory. He may

    New York Post
  • America and South Korea Want Stability—and North Korea Knows It

    Richard Javad Heydarian Politics, Asia Perhaps no one will rock the boat? They say it is only in times of difficulty when you truly know who your true friends are. Well, in the world of high-stakes geopolitics, it’s a matter of knowing who, at the very least, has an interest in a strongman remaining alive, when too many are too eager to see him dead. Among the most revealing episodes during the recent brouhaha over Kim Jung-un’s misreported death last month was the reaction of the South Korean...

    The National Interest
  • How South Korea’s Politics and Military Impacts Strategic Stability With North Korea

    John Dale Grover Security, Asia Seoul’s elites are divided over how Pyongyang perceives South Korean intentions and capabilities. Will they ever agree on how to deter and engage the North? Editor’s note: John Dale Grover is a Korean Studies fellow at the Center for the National Interest. He visited Seoul for a week in early November 2019 to interview nine experts in South Korea for this project. This is the first piece in a five-article series, “How South Korea’s Politics and Military Impacts...

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  • Divided Elites: Where South Korea’s Engagers and Deterers Agree—and Disagree—About North Korea

    John Dale Grover Politics, Asia There is more room for cooperation than U.S. observers might think, but fundamental disagreements remain strong. Editor’s note: John Dale Grover is a Korean Studies fellow at the Center for the National Interest. He visited Seoul for a week in early November 2019 to interview nine experts in South Korea for this project. This is the fourth piece in a five-article series, “How South Korea’s Politics and Military Impacts Strategic Stability with North Korea.” This...

    The National Interest
  • Will the Next U.S. Election Decide the Fate of North Korea’s Nuclear Arsenal?

    James Trottier Security, Asia Trump has been preoccupied with the inter-related subjects of his re-election bid, the coronavirus pandemic, and the U.S. economy and has little time to spend on North Korea. What little attention he has for international affairs is directed towards China and its alleged responsibility for the pandemic.  There is little opportunity for movement in U.S.-North Korean relations between now and the U.S. election in November.  While it is possible that contacts at the...

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  • Lewis ‘Chesty’ Puller: A U.S. Marine Legend (In World War II and Korea War)

    Warfare History Network History, Americas From the jungles of Guadalcanal, to the "Frozen Chosin," legendary U.S. Marine Colonel Lewis 'Chesty' Puller proved himself on the world’s most difficult battlefields. Crouched in their foxholes along Edson’s Ridge on Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands, the Marines formed a critical but thin defense line between strategic Henderson Field and seasoned Japanese infantry lurking in the jungle. It was a miserable place to be. Heavy rains had swept the big...

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