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Dispatches: December 2018

Mary Ratliff

The December 2018 Dispatches newsletter features news and events from the Asia Program and Korea Center.

Dispatches: December 2018

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2018 Korea Global Forum: A New Path Forward: Charting a Roadmap to Peace on the Korean Peninsula / South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-Gyon gave the keynote speech at the Wilson Center conference, which also included remarks from former South Korean Ambassador to the U.S. Ahn Ho-young and Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Japan and Korea Marc Knapper / Read a full report of the event on our blog.

AfPak File Podcast / The Aasia Bibi Case: Significance and Implications / Gauging The Prospects Of Talking Peace With The Taliban In Afghanistan

In the News

Mumbai terror attacks: The deep legacy of India's 9/11, a decade on / CNN

Kartarpur corridor: A road to peace between India and Pakistan? / BBC News

Pakistan's new government has given in to extremists, and not for the last time / CNN

Pursuing Lashkar-e-Taiba The Hindu

Why Bangladesh needs foreign observers during election / Deutsche Welle

Japanese Fear the Future and Blame Robots / U.S. News & World Report

Inside North Korea with Jean Lee / The Dyason House Podcast

North Korea Secretly Continuing Its Missile Program / KCBS Radio

US analysts locate secret North Korean missile sites / AP

Holding the Global center / FPRI

Recent Events

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What's Next for Afghanistan's Economy? / Audio Now Available

Contested Spaces, Tangled Webs: Indian Geopolitics Today / Video Now Available

Dispatches Blog

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Japan Accelerates Its Hedging Strategy / Abraham Denmark

After the Pakistan Policy Symposium: Next Steps / Michael Kugelman

China's Soft Power / Marvin Ott

U.S. Political Uncertainties Could Rock Trade Ties Further / Shihoko Goto

Talking North Korea in Hollywood / Narushige Michishita

Recent Publications

The Quetta Experience: Attitudes and Values Within Pakistan's Army / David O. Smith

ASEAN's Role in a U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy / Prashanth Parameswaran

Program News

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The documentary series "Inside North Korea's Dynasty," featuring interviews with Korea Center Director Jean H. Lee, aired on the National Geographic Channel in November.

The four episode documentary by 72 Films uses in depth interviews along with a large collection of rarely seen archival footage to explore the family at the center of "the world's only communist dynasty." The entire series is available to watch on National Geographic's website.

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