North Korea Conflict

Trump’s East Asia Headache: South Korea-Japan Spat Deepens

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Historical animosities are devolving into a full-fledged trade war between key US allies in East Asia.

The Eclipsing of Moon Jae-in

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Upon assuming the presidency in 2017, South Korea’s Moon Jae-in had two major goals. He has achieved neither of them.

Losing Your Alliance: Risking an American Withdrawal from South Korea

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President Moon is flirting with disaster by favoring North-South reconciliation over the long-term health of the US alliance.

Global Forecast (03-04-2019)

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A dramatic end to the Trump-Kim summit, new stimulus in China, and Greece’s triumphant return to international bond markets.

Trump-Kim Summit: Checklist

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What would a US success look like at the upcoming Trump-Kim summit?

Trump-Kim Nuclear Summit Gets a Sequel

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The long-awaited sequel to the first Trump-Kim summit will be dropping in late February. But could it actually be worse than the original?

Vietnam offers Model Economy for Second Trump-Kim Summit

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As a country with a similar past, Vietnam’s historical experience offers Pyongyang a path back to the global mainstream.

North Korea: Denuclearization in Reverse

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The latest ‘hi-tech weapon test’ underscores just how hollow the denuclearization process has been.

Bolton Gets Real on North Korea

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US National Security Advisor John Bolton finally said what no one is willing to admit: North Korea just isn’t taking any necessary steps toward denuclearization.

US-North Korea Talks Hit the Skids on Denuclearization Details

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Two divergent views of ‘denuclearization’ were on display in failed US-DPRK talks over the weekend.

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