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Moon Jae-in, Diplomacy God: Peace Olympics Lead to Breakthrough

Listen to "Moon Jae-in, Diplomacy God: Peace Olympics Lead to Breakthrough" on Spreaker.


Steven Denney (Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto/Senior Editor at SinoNK.com) joins host Andre Goulet to discuss the diplomatic delegation's visit to Pyeongyang and how Korean nationalism and American obstructionism continue to clash in the wake of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games.

Waiting for China re: N Korea is like Waiting for Godot


I published an op-ed in the JoongAng Daily today, which this post re-prints.

93% Of Votes In Korea Gives Sanders Highest Ratio Of Support In Democrats Abroad Global Primary

With 682 out of 735 votes cast be Americans living in South Korea, Bernie Sanders won a landslide 93 percent of support – his highest in the entire Democrats Abroad global primary.

Abe, the US, and ‘Korea Fatigue’: How Interested is the US in the Korean ‘History Issue’?

That is Wendy Sherman in Korea before the flap over her ‘history’ remarks.

The following essay was originally posted here, at the Lowy Institute.

North Korea with SLBMs Scares the Hell Out of Everybody

Kim Jong Un North Korea

Am I the only one who is amazed at how good North Korea seems to be at developing new military technology? They got to nukes despite all sorts of international efforts to block them. They’ve got an apparently pretty successful missile program. They beat South Korea to drones last year. And now they’ve got submarines, and ones that can launch missiles to boot! Wow. We seem to consistently underestimate the Norks – probably because everyone loathes them so much that we keep telling ourselves that the place is falling apart and will implode any day now. Alas, it doesn’t look like it.

Enough Dithering, South Korea. It’s Time to Deploy THAAD Missile Defense

No, ‘American Sniper’ is Not the greatest American War Movie; it’s actually quite Conventional

Kim Ki Jong, likely a Nutball Lone Wolf ‘Terrorist’-wannabe, will have Zero Impact on US-Korea Relations

So it’s been a week since the US ambassador to Korea got attacked, and the consensus here is pretty much that he is a lonely nutball who drank too much Nork kool-aid. The South Korean police are investigating to see if he is connected to North Korea in any meaningful way. Apparently he went there a few times, but I find it highly unlikely that actually acted on orders or training he got in Pyongyang. The NK regime is not that suicidal, as an open attack on the US ambassador might well precipitate a US counter-strike.

Invading North Korea is a Really, Really Bad Idea


The idea of invading North Korea comes up now and again. Usually this is quickly dismissed as hugely risky, naïve, and so on. But the idea does keep recurring and there is an underlying moral attraction to stomping on North Korea. NK is just about the worst place on earth, barring perhaps the ISIS statelet emerging in the Middle East.

My Top 5 List for 2104: 5 Biggest Foreign Policy Events in Korea


This is a follow-up to my previous post – a top 5 list of events for US power in Asia in 2014.

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