August 10, 2022

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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 problematic assumptions that cause North Korea predictions to go wrong

The problematic assumptions that cause North Korea predictions to go wrong

Hawks and doves often believe the worst about each other, leading to unrealistic prognostications and poor policy

The problematic assumptions that cause North Korea predictions to go wrong
Rob York
Rob York January 21, 2022
South Korean conservatives: Right on North Korea, wrong on everything else?

South Korean conservatives: Right on North Korea, wrong on everything else?

Elections tend to feature progressives who don’t get the DPRK and reactionaries out of step with 21st-century values

South Korean conservatives: Right on North Korea, wrong on everything else?
Rob York
Rob York December 22, 2021
On North Korea, it’s not just the US that’s using ‘strategic patience’

On North Korea, it’s not just the US that’s using ‘strategic patience’

Biden has prioritized China over the DPRK, and Beijing and Moscow have shown no urgency on denuclearization

On North Korea, it’s not just the US that’s using ‘strategic patience’
Rob York
Rob York November 25, 2021
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
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