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Notes on North Korea

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In General
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On April 27, 2018
There’s no doubt that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in qualifies as historic. At the same time, it’s really too soon to say if this marks a genuine turning point or will go down as yet another false start in the DPRK-ROK relationship. What’s going on? I would […]

All the Winning

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On April 20, 2017

There is so much winning going on in our foreign policy that I for one am getting sick of it. Compounding their anger over the Carl Vinson episode, many South Koreans were also riled at Mr. Trump for

On Our New Overlords

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On October 2, 2013

In our continuing chronicle of jellyfish taking over the planet and replacing humans as the dominant species, we have jellyfish attacking Sweden and shutting down a nuclear reactor. The Soviets couldn

Accidental War?

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In Robert Farley
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On April 8, 2013
My latest feature at the Diplomat expresses some skepticism about the potential for accidental war on the Korean Peninsula: Again, few wars happen by accident; most take place because policymakers want them, even if those policymakers operate with poor or incomplete information about the prospects for success. Given the current balance of capabilities on the […]
For this week’s Diplomat contribution I discussed the impressive growth of the ROKN: South Korea’s robust shipbuilding industry (the world’s largest) helps support and underwrite the ROKN’s expansion and modernization. Four Dokdos and six KD-IIIs are planned, although actual construction may not match these numbers. If it does, however, this would represent one of the […]
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