In Depth: Korea

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.
29 Mar 2017

North Korea Ready for Its Sixth Nuclear Test?

North Korea appears poised to explode its sixth nuclear test to coincide with President Trump's meeting with Xi Jinping—ideal timing for Beijing.
15 Mar 2017

Nonstarter: North Korea's Enablers in Beijing Pose as Neutral Observers

After decades of supporting the Kim Dynasty's relentless arms build-up and warmongering, Beijing thoughtfully offers to defuse tensions it made possible. 
13 May 2016

Kim Announces Vague Five-Year Economic Vitalization Plan

Kim Jong Un has announced a five-year economic plan to revive North Korea's economy. But his nuclear ambitions and lack of reform policies, resources, and foreign investment doom the prospects.
30 Dec 2015

Japan, South Korea Reach Historic Agreement on ‘Comfort Women’

In a landmark deal, Japan has promised 1 billion yen to South Korea’s surviving “comfort women” of World War II. Now the two countries should move past this historic grievance and focus on present dangers.
23 Jul 2015

North Korea Rolls Back Economic Reform

Kim Jong Un can issue orders about what people may buy or sell, but North Koreans, driven by the desire to better their lot, will eventually ignore his demands.
21 Sep 2016

Making Humanitarian Aid Work in North Korea

Deliver humanitarian relief directly to the North Korean people, not to the despots who control and abuse them—and, manipulate the aid.
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.
14 May 2015

North Korea's Black Market: Big Enough to Force Reforms?

A product of the famine of the 1990s, North Korea’s growing black market might now be large enough to force the Kim regime to experiment with economic reforms.
19 Apr 2016

South Korea, US Can’t Wait for Beijing to Approve Missile Defense

South Korea and the US can no longer wait for Beijing's approval to deploy the THAAD missile defense system with an increasingly belligerent and nuclear-armed North Korea.
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.
3 Jun 2015

South Korea Plays China Against America

The question of Chinese aggression, and South Korea’s “balancing role” between Beijing and Washington, will hang over President Park Geun-hye’s visit to the US later this month.
22 May 2015

Continuing Executions in North Korea

Whether true or not, reports of another high-level purge in the Kim regime have attracted attention to political executions in North Korea that could further destabilize the country.