December 11, 2019


Opinion on the latest North Korea issues from analysts, academics and experts worldwide. Views expressed in Opinion articles are exclusively the authors’ own.

The left is right: why South Korea should continue its policy of engagement

Progressives may be naïve about North Korea, but conservative policies will likely only lead to increasing tensions

Andrei Lankov December 10, 2019

U.S.-North Korea diplomacy is over for now. What comes next?

After fruitless negotiations, Kim Jong Un is turning back to his weapons scientists in search of additional leverage

Joshua H. Pollack December 9, 2019

Rules are rules: North Korean "democracy," in theory and in practice

While the laws could allow for the leader to be removed from office, such a scenario would likely require a major crisis

Fyodor Tertitskiy December 6, 2019

Brace yourselves: why North Korea is ready to turn up the tensions in 2020

With little progress in diplomacy, expect Pyongyang to return to a familiar playbook

Andrei Lankov December 4, 2019

By shunning the South, North Korea is shooting itself in the foot

History has shown that inter-Korean engagement puts pressure on Washington to engage with Pyongyang as well

Ramon Pacheco Pardo December 4, 2019

Halfway through his presidency, Moon must rethink his inter-Korean strategy

The South Korean President needs a new way to engage the North to recover in the polls, even if it risks U.S. reprisal

Marco Milani | Markus Bell December 1, 2019

Friends disunited: breaking down an increasingly-tense U.S.-ROK alliance

Friction surrounding cost-sharing negotiations should not overshadow Korea's strategic importance to the U.S.

Robert E. McCoy November 27, 2019

Why, when North Korea misbehaves, the South can't help but turn the other cheek

The current administration is wedded to a good-will policy — and Pyongyang is happy to exploit it

Andrei Lankov November 25, 2019

How North Korea is becoming a 2020 U.S. presidential campaign issue

Democratic candidates have criticized Trump's meetings with Kim, despite taking vague positions themselves

Pratik Chougule November 21, 2019

Why a break-in at the U.S. Ambassador's residence reflects a strained alliance

The protest from "progressive" South Korean students comes amid controversial U.S.-ROK defense cost-sharing negotiations

Dennis P. Halpin November 19, 2019
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