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In Depth: North America and Korea

22 Feb 2016

North Korea: Why Human Rights Must Come First

It’s now time for US policy on North Korea to adopt a comprehensive approach that treats human rights as a practical requirement, and not as a negotiations obstacle.
27 Jul 2017

North Korea Economy Shows Surprising Strength

North Korea’s economy has reached a level of stability that wouldn’t be possible without substantial intervention from Beijing. New US sanctions should proceed with haste.
17 Jul 2017

Trump Puts Squeeze on Beijing over North Korea

China can expect more banks to suffer the fate of the Bank of Dandong—the recent target of the Trump administration’s new approach to sanction banks laundering North Korean money.
4 Jan 2017

Will North Korea Conduct Intercontinental Missile Test?

A transition in Washington, an impeachment in Seoul, and China's refusal to rein in North Korea's nuclear program is providing Kim Jong Un an opportunity for an intercontinental missile test.
19 Sep 2016

US-India, China-Russia Exercises Reflect New Alliances

As the US and India conduct joint exercises 100km from India’s border with China—China and Russia conduct "island seizing" naval exercises in the South China Sea.
12 Jan 2016

Will South Korea Rethink Its Nuke Policy?

South Koreans have called for the return of nuclear weapons, but the US maintains that isn’t necessary. It’s an increasingly unsustainable approach as the North races ahead in its nuclear quest.
15 Mar 2016

Missile Defense in the Era of Kim Jong Un

North Korea recently claimed it has a nuke that could take out Manhattan. However unlikely, the United States should take all threats from this rash dictator seriously and expedite efforts to build effective missile defense.
22 Feb 2016

Obama Administration's Secret Overture to North Korea

Having apparently dropped the denuclearization precondition to talks with North Korea, the Obama administration has exposed a major North Korean vulnerability, and strengthened the US position.