October 16, 2021

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Rob York

Rob York is director for regional affairs at the Pacific Forum. He previously worked as a production editor for The South China Morning Post and chief editor of NK News. He is also a Ph.D. candidate in Korean history at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

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The implications of North Korea’s tactical nuclear warheads

The implications of North Korea’s tactical nuclear warheads

New capabilities may not radically alter status quo, but experts underscore urgent need for dialogue with Pyongyang

The implications of North Korea’s tactical nuclear warheads
Rob York
Rob York October 7, 2021
Why North Korean arms control is likely to fail, just like denuclearization

Why North Korean arms control is likely to fail, just like denuclearization

North Korea has historically entered into agreements without intending to keep them

Why North Korean arms control is likely to fail, just like denuclearization
Rob York
Rob York April 26, 2021
Americans, stop the moral grandstanding on North Korea and get down to business

Americans, stop the moral grandstanding on North Korea and get down to business

Rather than pointing fingers, hawks and doves will need to address their own faults in order to make progress in 2021

Americans, stop the moral grandstanding on North Korea and get down to business
Rob York
Rob York February 9, 2021
To succeed on North Korea, Joe Biden needs to rethink his contradictory policies

To succeed on North Korea, Joe Biden needs to rethink his contradictory policies

The President-elect will likely be tougher on the DPRK, but may also support South Korean dreams of engagement

To succeed on North Korea, Joe Biden needs to rethink his contradictory policies
Rob York
Rob York November 24, 2020
Why US-North Korea summits may become a relic of the past

Why US-North Korea summits may become a relic of the past

If Trump doesn't get reelected, there's a good chance history will see summits as a waste of time for years to come

Why US-North Korea summits may become a relic of the past
Rob York
Rob York July 20, 2020
Succession: how Kim Yo Jong could go from first sister to dear leader

Succession: how Kim Yo Jong could go from first sister to dear leader

Kim's fame is growing as tensions rise with South Korea. But could she really take the top job?

Succession: how Kim Yo Jong could go from first sister to dear leader
Rob York
Rob York June 15, 2020
How North Korea has used English-language media to drum up international support

How North Korea has used English-language media to drum up international support

While Pyongyang's reporting may seem bizarre to many outsiders, there are some who will read and occasionally echo it

How North Korea has used English-language media to drum up international support
Rob York
Rob York April 17, 2020
What North Korea said about the Hong Kong protests, and what it means for talks

What North Korea said about the Hong Kong protests, and what it means for talks

Strong support for China in 2019 followed silence in 2014, showing how far bilateral ties have come

What North Korea said about the Hong Kong protests, and what it means for talks
Rob York
Rob York March 8, 2020
How China’s N. Korean border regions drive Beijing’s policy

How China’s N. Korean border regions drive Beijing’s policy

To understand China's approach to North Korea, look to the uneven development of north east regions

How China’s N. Korean border regions drive Beijing’s policy
Rob York
Rob York October 27, 2016
Why North Korea is losing its unpredictability advantage

Why North Korea is losing its unpredictability advantage

Washington and Pyongyang may have to negotiate in secret to make progress, says expert

Why North Korea is losing its unpredictability advantage
Rob York
Rob York October 25, 2016
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