Category Archives: Pacific Asia

Drug Use, HIV and a Harm Reduction Model in Northern China

North Korea and China have long had a strong, unique, bond since the creation of the PRC and the DPRK, starting with Korean volunteers fighting with communist forces during the Chinese Civil War and becoming even stronger after the CCP … Continue reading

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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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Deterring North Korea

Much of international security depends on maintaining credible deterrence. Effective deterrence relies on two key factors: capability and credibility. In order to prevent a hostile force from attacking, countries need to be able to show that they have the resources … Continue reading

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China’s Grand Strategy

China is a large country with more than a billion people, but as Ross Terrill observed, when we ask what China wants, we are really attempting to discern the goals of the nine male engineers that make up the Standing … Continue reading

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North Korea- Threat Profile

Although the alliance has changed substantially since its Cold War origins, it is still grounded in protecting the ROK from DPRK attacks or invasion. While most U.S. Cold War adversaries have abandoned communism, or in the case of the PRC … Continue reading

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Robert Gilpin, Hegemonic Transition and China

Robert Gilpin and Thucydides both wrote about the problems of hegemonic transition, however, unlike Thucydides, Gilpin’s work presents a systematic theory instead of a historical account. Gilpin wrote his book War and Change in World Politics in 1981 during the … Continue reading

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Norman Angell- Can Economic Interdependence stop U.S.-China Conflict?

In 1910, Englishman Norman Angell wrote the book The Great Illusion to address the myth that nations could economically benefit from war. At the time that Angell was writing, popular and elite opinion assumed that a nation’s political power determined … Continue reading

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The real Thucydides’ trap

Thucydides was an Athenian General and historian who chronicled the Peloponnesian War between Sparta and Athens that occurred from 431to 404 BC. Thucydides work is a classic book about the perils of hegemonic transition and great powers war. Thucydides explained … Continue reading

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