On the eve of the summit between the leaders of the Koreas, several leading scholars discuss lessons from history, prospects for peace and reconciliation and implications for the United States, as President Trump prepares for his own summit with Kim.Read More
From bureaus and Baghdad, Kabul and Pyongyang to editing suites in major capitals, more women than ever are shaping the news we receive from the rest of the world.Read More
In a high-stakes diplomatic gamble, President Trump has accepted an invitation to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un – and the dramatic development raises crucial questions:
Could this summit lead to meaningful constraints on North Korea’s nuclear program? What are the attitudes of China and South Korea toward bilateral U.S.-North Korean diplomacy? What preparatory work must be done to ensure a successful summit? And what would be the criteria for success?
In this Ground Truth Briefing, three veteran observers of U.S.-Asia policy and North Korea addressed these issues.Read More
After months of escalating confrontation between North Korea and the United States, President Trump used his November visit to Asia to reinforce a policy of “maximum pressure” against the North Korean government. But he also hinted at the possibility of a diplomatic off-ramp in the dispute over North Korea’s missile and nuclear weapons development. North Korea and the United States have offered signals of openness to diplomacy. But how real is that possibility? Leading experts on North Korea and nuclear proliferation gathered at USIP to discuss this urgent question.Read More
Romance, humor, tension — everyone loves a good sitcom, even North Koreans. But in North Korea, TV dramas are more than mere entertainment. They play a crucial political role by serving as a key messenger of the party and government policy.Read More
With schoolyard taunts hurtling between Washington and Pyongyang, and fears of nuclear Armageddon escalating from Seoul to Tokyo to Los Angeles, the once-unthinkable idea of a military showdown between North Korea and the United States has become frighteningly plausible.
On an October evening when many Angelenos were pondering the opening game of the World Series rather than end-of-the-world scenarios, a Zócalo/UCLA panel discussion explored the question, “Is War With North Korea Inevitable?” By the end of an intense hour-long discussion at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy in downtown Los Angeles, the consensus was that a catastrophic confrontation isn’t unavoidable. But to lower the odds of it happening, America’s policymakers and its public need a more nuanced and humanistic perspective on the reclusive rogue Asian nation, the panelists said.Read More
What do experts make of the North Korea challenge? 5 takeaways from a Brookings eventRead More
North Korea continues to dominate the headlines as its leader, Kim Jong Un, and President Trump trade barbs amidst growing concerns about Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs and the heightening risk of escalation on the Korean Peninsula. While the United States has articulated a policy of “maximum pressure and engagement,” the Trump administration has repeatedly sent mixed signals, ranging from threats to “totally destroy” North Korea to an emphasis on diplomatic resolution. In order to devise a credible and coherent strategy that mitigates risk of strategic miscalculation, several important questions must be answered. Who is Kim Jong Un and what drives his decision making? To what extent can past policies toward North Korea inform our current approach? Are there historical lessons that can be drawn from other international crises and scenarios?
On October 10, the Center for East Asia Policy Studies and the John L. Thornton China Center at Brookings hosted leading U.S. experts and former officials to identify actionable policy steps the White House and Congress should take to address the growing threat from North Korea. Panel presentations focused on Kim Jong Un’s outlook and objectives, the history of negotiations with North Korea, and comparative case studies, including the Berlin Crisis of 1961, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and recent negotiations with Iran. Former Deputy National Security Advisor Avril Haines delivered a keynote address, sharing insights from her experiences and offered thoughts on the path forward for dealing with North Korea.Read More
Why is August a particularly tense month in the Korean Peninsula? What is Kim Jong-un trying to achieve by showcasing his nuclear muscle? Journalist, Pulitzer nominee, and Global Fellow of the Wilson Center, Jean H. Lee, shares an insightful analysis of the North Korean crisis.
The Sidebar with Steve Scully: As tensions with North Korea rise, this week we examine the history of that country's ruling Kim family. We spoke to Jean H Lee, author of "Kings of Communism: Inside Kim Jong Un's Bloody Scramble to Kill of His Family" in the September edition of Esquire Magazine.Read More
What steps should the United States and South Korea take to maintain peace and stability in Northeast Asia?Read More
로버트리트웍(Robert S. Litwak) 박사초청
♣주제:북핵문제를어떻게풀것인가? (Preventing North Korea's Nuclear Breakout)
Joun-yung Sun, Chair, Professor, Kyungnam University
Robert S. Litwak, vice president for scholars, director of international security studies, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Jean H. Lee, Global Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Sang-yoon Ma, Director General of Policy Planning, MOFA; professor, Catholic University of Korea
Dean Ouellette, Professor, Kyungnam University
Award-winning foreign correspondents, researchers and writers on the challenges of writing about North Korea today, from getting on the ground to turning to defectors for information about daily life inside the Hermit Kingdom.Read More
Can Kim Jong Un be stopped before he turns the peninsula, and the region, into a nuclear wasteland?Read More
Korea Press Foundation and Unification Media Group are set to host an event on freedom of information in NK in honor of Human Rights Day.Read More
Jean Lee discusses the challenges of reporting on a country considered among the world's worst for press freedom, the role her Korean-American ethnicity played in her interactions with the North Koreans, and her observations on reunification after working as a journalist on both sides of the DMZ.Read More