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Dispatches: June 2019

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Values and U.S. Policy Toward the Indo-Pacific

In recent weeks, the Trump administration has sought to address the role that values and norms should play in its foreign policy generally, and in the U.S. strategy toward the Indo-Pacific specifically. This is a reflection of a long-standing debate in American foreign policy, going back to the founding of the nation itself, but the arguments made by top U.S. officials are worth considering.

Where Does It Stand and Where Should It Shift? A South Korean Perspective on North Korea Nuclear Diplomacy

It’s the Economy, Stupid! A South Korean Version?

Politics in South Korea show a great deal of similarities with those of the United States. President Moon Jae-in has to confront the polarization of political parties and the press. The conservative opposition party is busy criticizing Moon for being weak on North Korea. The mainstream media is wasting no time in underscoring any sign of disagreements between Washington and Seoul.

South Korea’s Minister of the Interior and Safety Kim Bookyum Meets Wilson Center Scholars in Aftermath of Hanoi Summit

“What happens next?” is a key question following the breakdown of the Hanoi Summit in February 2019. In the mix of optimism and skepticism toward US-North Korea relations, South Korea’s outgoing Minister of the Interior and Safety of Republic of Korea Kim Bookyum paid a visit to the Wilson Center on March 7, 2019.

'A Stab in the Back' or 'A Pat on the Back?'

Experts and pundits in the United States and South Korea have been very busy analyzing the mystery of “Why No Deal in Hanoi.” Just as politics in America and South Korea are different, conclusions for why the summit broke down inside the two allies seem to be dissimilar as well.

The Implications of Declaring an End to the Korean War

It should be said at the outset that I am very supportive of diplomacy with North Korea. I have written about the dangers of preventive strikes on North Korea and the risk of military escalation, and testified to my support for diplomacy with North Korea before Congress. Yet to support diplomacy is not to support it blind to the risks and costs involved.

The Origins of North Korea-Vietnam Solidarity: The Vietnam War and the DPRK

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NKIDP Working Paper #7

The Origins of North Korea-Vietnam Solidarity: The Vietnam War and the DPRK

Benjamin R. Young
February 2019

 

Event Recap: On the Brink: Trump, Kim, and the Threat of Nuclear War

More than six decades have passed since the signing of the Korean War Armistice Agreement halted the bloodshed on the Korean Peninsula. Although war between the two Koreas was put on pause, the promise of peace remains elusive to this day. Painfully aware of its vulnerability to its southern neighbor and the U.S. forces stationed there, North Korea began its nuclear program in the 1950s. Despite years of nuclear negotiations between the United States, North Korea, and other concerned parties, North Korea has persisted in its quest to obtain a reliable nuclear deterrent.

Event Recap: Geopolitical Implications of Diplomatic Failure with North Korea

The first U.S.-North Korea summit under the Trump administration left some concerned about the possible withdrawal of American troops from South Korea. Though North Korea promised to denuclearize, progress was minimal.  The outcome of the second summit meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un will pose deep implications for the already influenced geopolitics of the Korean Peninsula and the greater region. 

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