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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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Decoding CCP Catchphrases

With Chinese President Xi Jinping coming to the United States for a visit later this month, I am sure that some of these stock CCP catchphrases will be used. I will be adding new phrases and meanings as I think … 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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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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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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Is Westphalia just a moment- The Impermanence of the Nation State

As I mentioned in another post, I have been reading Francis Fukuyama’s book The End of History.  In the book he makes the case that modern liberal democracy is the end stage of human society.  It is very well written, 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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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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The effect of human rights concerns on U.S.-East Asia relations

Human rights are a major area of contention in relations between the United States and East Asia.  At times, there is conflict because of different cultural perceptions of human rights, and other times there is conflict due to perceived American … Continue reading

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South Korea-U.S. Military Relations: Wartime Operational Control

South Korean Military war time Operational Control (OPCON) is under the authority of the US-ROK Combined Forces Command, which is always led by a four star US general.  South Korea is the only country that does not have wartime OPCON … Continue reading

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