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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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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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House moves to tighten N. Korea sanctions. Will that strengthen US policy? This is a good sign.  These sanctions are similar to the Banco Delta Asia sanctions that I wrote about previously here:      On Thursday the House Foreign … 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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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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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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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/ 2nd: 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 have been a failure for the U.S. and a success for North … Continue reading

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The Significance of the North Korean Nuclear Threat

            North Korea is weak; its GDP per capita is only $1,800 and is ranked 197th in the world, it is a pariah state cut off from international markets, and in the preceding decade lost millions of its population in … Continue reading

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In South Korea Kim Jong Un is preferable to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

I have just seen a survey done by the Wall Street Journal that, on a scale of 1-10, put Kim Jong Un’s preference rate at 1.3, and Abe’s at 1.1.  One on hand, given the feelings towards Japan, and Abe … Continue reading

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