Category Archives: geopolitics

New Ebook about the US-South Korea alliance

I’ve just published my first Kindle ebook based on a year of research and writing. It is called “Evolution of the US-South Korea Alliance: Looking to the Post Unification Future” It is 58 pages and available for $4 here.

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How to Understand North Korea

I have been in DC for the past 3 months or so after graduating from Fletcher looking for work and learning about the city. This has included going to several events featuring lectures and panels on North Korea. The more … Continue reading

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Evolution of the US-ROK alliance Series

Over this past summer, I have written a series for the Diplomat magazine about the US-ROK alliance looking at how it has evolved, and what the future might hold. This post has all of the links to the articles in … Continue reading

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U.S.-ROK Alliance- Restraining South Korea

The first priority of the U.S. alliance is to deter North Korea from invading South Korea again. The second priority of the alliance less advertised and less known; it is to restrain South Korea from provoking a war with North … Continue reading

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Book Review: Edward Luttwak, The Rise of China vs. The Logic of Strategy

In his book The Rise of China vs. The Logic of Strategy author Edward Luttwak presents a stark thesis based on what he describes as the logic of strategy. Throughout the book Luttwak tells the reader that China is simply … Continue reading

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Managing Priorities in a World (that seems) on Fire

I am glad that I am not Barack Obama, Ashton Carter, John Kerry, and the many other American officials that are crafting our foreign policy in this currently very complicated world. One of the biggest challenges in foreign policy is … Continue reading

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Hegel, Hobbes and Fukuyama- The First Man

This summer I have been reading Francis Fukuyama’s book The End of History.  It’s very interesting, even though I disagree with the main idea behind it.  The idea that history can end, and that we are somehow at the pinnacle strikes … Continue reading

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Politics of Financial Warfare: The Banco Delta Asia Case Part-3

This is part 3 of the series, the first part is here: http://smallcrowdedworld.com/2014/04/24/politics-of-financial-warfare-the-banco-delta-asia-case-part-1/ The second part is here: http://smallcrowdedworld.com/2014/04/25/politics-of-financial-warfare-the-banco-delta-asia-case-part-2/ Aftermath of Diplomacy: North Korea’s Continued Nuclear Program By almost any metric the Six Party Talks has been a failure for the U.S. and … Continue reading

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Contemporary South Korean and U.S. Views on the Alliance

The U.S.-ROK alliance was built on the logic of the Cold War and kept in place by authoritarian leaders in South Korea.  The shift away from these two key realities has led many on both sides to seek to change … Continue reading

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Chairman Mao and Henry Kissinger: A Problem of Perspective

Recently I have been reading “On China” by Henry Kissinger and am about halfway through.  Dr. Kissinger is, of course, an interesting man, but, in this writer’s opinion, a morally vacant one.  I inform this opinion mostly based on his … Continue reading

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