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  • Engagement First: Why Some Koreans See Peacemaking and Peacebuilding as the Solution to North Korea

    John Dale Grover Politics, Asia Engagers believe that Pyongyang is acting defensively and that inter-Korean relations must be completely transformed. 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 second piece in a five-article series, “How South Korea’s Politics and Military Impacts Strategic Stability with North Korea.”...

    The National Interest
  • Deterrence First: Why Some Koreans See Military and Economic Pressure as the Solution to North Korea

    John Dale Grover Politics, Asia Deterers believe Pyongyang is acting offensively and that inter-Korean relations require vigilance and strength. 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 third piece in a five-article series, “How South Korea’s Politics and Military Impacts Strategic Stability with North Korea.” This...

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  • Question: What Direction Do You See U.S.-North Korea Relations Heading in For the Rest of the Year?

    Lucia Husenicová Security, Asia Fire and fury or diplomacy? Looking at the situation in the United States, given the coronavirus crisis, it is hard to foresee any significant change in U.S.-North Korean bilateral relations. It would be difficult to plan for another summit meeting in the current pandemic-focused world, even though it was suggested at the beginning of this year. It is hard to imagine how the American public would react if President Donald Trump were to leave the country in both...

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  • 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...

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  • Here’s what America’s first socially distanced concert looked like

    No mosh pits here. The first socially-distanced concert took place Monday night in Arkansas.

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  • 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...

    The National Interest
  • 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...

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