Q&As: North Korea/DPRK
Asia's Multipolar Nuclear Future
Matthew Kroenig (Georgetown University) comments on the key issues examined in the NBR Special Report "Approaching Critical Mass: Asia's Multipolar Nuclear Future" and explains the practical implications of a multipolar nuclear order.
North Korea's New Diplomacy
Following the recent announcement that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will visit Moscow for the May 9 Victory Day celebrations, Nadège Rolland (NBR) reflects on North Korea's growing relationship with Russia even as the country's relations with China have deteriorated in the wake of Pyongyang's February 2013 nuclear test.
Cyber Cooperation in Northeast Asia
James Lewis, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and director of the Strategic Technologies Program, examines the current status of cyber cooperation in Northeast Asia and assesses the political and security implications for U.S. foreign policy.
North Korea’s Nuclear Capability
Recent cyberattacks and subsequent U.S. sanctions on North Korean actors have refocused international attention on the threat posed by the Kim Jong-un regime. Even greater concern should surround the country’s other emerging asymmetric capability: its slowly advancing nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
The Obama-Xi Summit: A New Era in Bilateral Relations?
Oriana Skylar Mastro (Georgetown University) observes that while the summit provides an opportunity to create positive momentum in some areas, other issues critical to U.S. national security remain rooted in fundamentally divergent interests. Mastro argues that as long as these issues are not tackled directly, tension will continue to characterize the bilateral relationship.
Madame Park Goes to Washington
Ahead of new South Korean president Park Geun-hye's visit to the United States in May, John S. Park (NBR) discussed several of the issues Presidents Guen-hye and Obama were likely to address as tensions on the Korean peninsula continued to simmer.
No Illusions for North Korea
Nicholas Hamisevicz of the Korea Economic Institute of America examines the motivations behind Pyongyang’s provocative behavior and argues that Kim Jong-un is far more similar to his father than many observers had hoped.
The Revenge of Geography and the Asia-Pacific
In his new book, The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate, Robert Kaplan (Stratfor Global Intelligence) contends current global conflicts, including wars, political instability, and clashes over religion, can be better understood and even forecasted through close examination of the maps that chart our world. In this Q&A, NBR’s Abraham Denmark asks Kaplan how this theory relates to the Asia-Pacific, and what challenges geography will play for the United States’ policy toward the region.
China’s Military Modernization and Implications for Northeast Asia
China’s ambitious military modernization program and increasing defense spending have raised questions about the future security and stability of the Asia-Pacific region. Christopher W. Hughes (University of Warwick) assesses U.S. and Northeast Asian attitudes toward China’s military modernization.
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Economic and Societal Impacts on North Korea and Its Regime
NBR interviewed Professor Clark Sorensen, Chair of the Korea Studies department at the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies, to shed light on North Korea’s economic situation, its regime’s decision-making process, and the ideology that drives social and political behavior.