Tag Archives: DPRK

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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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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Importance of Modern Anti-Americanism on the U.S.-ROK alliance

Now ROK perceptions of the United States and the U.S.-ROK alliance are strongly positive, but as the history has shown, this can easily change. Wide varieties of incidents in the past have provoked rampant anti-Americanism, and it is unlikely that … Continue reading

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U.S.-North Korea postal relations?

Today I went to the post office to mail a package to South Korea. When I asked the clerk about prices, he first showed me the prices to mail my package to North Korea out of confusion. I had never … Continue reading

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Is North Korea One Big International Crime Family?

http://www.fletchersecurity.org/#!Is-North-Korea-One-Big-International-Crime-Family/c1okt/49D23918-94C7-4FB2-BF79-2913E1E31F10 Please find my new blog post for the Fletcher Security Review below. North Korea has little in the way of traditional domestic or international economic activity. Since the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet … Continue reading

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Another Tourist trapped in North Korea

Early on in the beginning of this blog I asked an open ended question about the morality of visiting totalitarian states.  You can find the post here. http://smallcrowdedworld.com/2013/12/13/holidays-in-hell-is-it-wrong-to-visit-totalitarian-states/ Morality aside, in the case of North Korea it might just be … Continue reading

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The difficulty of knowing anything about North Korea

Today I had the privilege of having lunch with, and hearing a presentation by, Isaac Stone Fish, the Asia editor at Foreign Policy Magazine.  The theme of his presentation was the difficulty of reporting on topics in China and North … 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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Nuclear Talks: Why North Korea Always Wins – My new article at Policu Check out my new article at Policu.  Also, be sure to check out the rest of the stuff at the site, it’s all great.  Below is an … Continue reading

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International Relations of East Asia as seen through the North Korean Nuclear Issue

Examining the North Korean Nuclear issue is one of the best ways to understand the foreign policies of the major pacific powers.  By almost every metric, North Korea is one of the poorest countries in the world, but through its … Continue reading

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