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Kim Jong-il’s regime is even weirder and more despicable than you thought

Or so says Christopher Hitchens in a compelling piece in Slate on North Korea. Part reminiscence, part reconsidertion, and part book review, Hitchens praises the book The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves and Why It Matters, recently written … Continue reading

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BREAKING NEWS: Former South Korean President Roh Dead

Former South Korean president Roh dead amid suicide probe FORMER South Korean President Roh Moo-Hyun has died, sparking an investigation whether he committed suicide amid a corruption investigation. Roh died on Saturday after falling down a mountain while hiking with … Continue reading

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Why Obama Foreign Policy Scares Me

The University of Georgia’s Professor Han S. Park, apparently a buddy of leading Obama Asia advisor Frank Jannuzi (also an East Asia specialist for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee), had this choice comment in the Korea Times (abridged): Q: Some … Continue reading

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Adultery Laws in the Far East

Jail for adultery in Korea Up through World War II, Japan had a law in its criminal code that prescribed criminal punishments for women who committed adultery. This statute was also part of the criminal code in its two colonies, … Continue reading

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US Policy Options for North Korea, Part VII

[Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI] This is the final post in a seven part series of mine looking at U.S. policy options for North Korea. Discussion: North Korea … Continue reading

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US Policy Options for North Korea, Part VI

[Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V] Here is part 6 of 7 in my discussion of U.S. policy options for a nuclear North Korea Option 4: Containment and Continued Deterrence This option … Continue reading

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US Policy Options for North Korea, Part V

[Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV] Here is the next part in my series on U.S. policy options for North Korea. Option 3: Comprehensive negotiations This approach involves changing the format of current negotiations and … Continue reading

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US Policy Options for North Korea, Part IV

[Part I | Part II | Part III] Here is the next part in my series on U.S. policy options for North Korea. Option 2: A Regional Nuclear Rebalancing Since North Korea’s past behavior suggests it is not motivated entirely … Continue reading

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US Policy Options for North Korea, Part III

[Part I | Part II] Here is the next part in my series on U.S. policy options for North Korea. Option 1: Strategic Neglect Strategic neglect in short, involves maintaining the status quo and waiting for more favorable circumstances in … Continue reading

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US Policy Options for North Korea, Part II

[Part I] Here is part two of U.S. policy options for dealing with a nuclear North Korea. Unknowns: Recent reports from U.S. intelligence, the ROK and DPRK about North Korean leader Kim Jong Il’s health mean that it is currently … Continue reading

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