December 05, 2022

About the author

Robert E. McCoy

Robert E. McCoy is a retired U.S. Air Force Korean linguist and analyst/reporter who was stationed in Asia for more than fourteen years. He continues to follow developments in East Asia closely. Mr. McCoy’s book Tales You Wouldn’t Tell Your Mother is now out. He can be contacted via his website http://musingsbymccoy.com/ which also lists his previous essays and has personal vignettes on Asia (Tidbits) not published elsewhere.

More articles by 'Robert E. McCoy'

Why North Korea can’t trust Washington

Why North Korea can’t trust Washington

U.S. policy towards North Korea won't have credibility until the message is consistent

Why North Korea can’t trust Washington
Robert E. McCoy
Robert E. McCoy June 13, 2017
How the U.S. can develop a sustainable and successful policy on North Korea

How the U.S. can develop a sustainable and successful policy on North Korea

In order to solve the North Korea problem, the U.S. must redefine its goals

How the U.S. can develop a sustainable and successful policy on North Korea
Robert E. McCoy
Robert E. McCoy May 24, 2017
What Kim Jong Un really fears

What Kim Jong Un really fears

Forget sanctions: it's time to prosecute North Korea's elites and flood the DPRK with foreign media

What Kim Jong Un really fears
Robert E. McCoy
Robert E. McCoy May 16, 2017
Is the U.S. backing Kim Jong Un into a corner?

Is the U.S. backing Kim Jong Un into a corner?

This is not routine provocation: the DPRK leadership senses the danger it increasingly faces

Is the U.S. backing Kim Jong Un into a corner?
Robert E. McCoy
Robert E. McCoy April 25, 2017
What China really wants for Korea: A unified puppet state controlled by them

What China really wants for Korea: A unified puppet state controlled by them

South Korea and the U.S. must not misread Beijing's objectives

What China really wants for Korea: A unified puppet state controlled by them
Robert E. McCoy
Robert E. McCoy April 19, 2017
Why North Korea is aiming its missiles at Japan

Why North Korea is aiming its missiles at Japan

Pyongyang is trying to drive a wedge between the U.S. and its allies

Why North Korea is aiming its missiles at Japan
Robert E. McCoy
Robert E. McCoy March 21, 2017
The U.S. obligation to defend the South from North Korea is not limitless

The U.S. obligation to defend the South from North Korea is not limitless

American soldiers should not die because of Seoul's bad decisions

The U.S. obligation to defend the South from North Korea is not limitless
Robert E. McCoy
Robert E. McCoy March 16, 2017
What North Korea really wants: One Korea ruled by them

What North Korea really wants: One Korea ruled by them

Everyone should worry about the ultimate goal of the DPRK when it says it wants a “peace treaty”

What North Korea really wants: One Korea ruled by them
Robert E. McCoy
Robert E. McCoy March 8, 2017
Face it: North Korea is now China’s “wicked problem”

Face it: North Korea is now China’s “wicked problem”

The two countries are no longer “as close as lips and teeth”

Face it: North Korea is now China’s “wicked problem”
Robert E. McCoy
Robert E. McCoy March 3, 2017
Why is North Korea so quiet on the comfort women issue?

Why is North Korea so quiet on the comfort women issue?

Pyongyang has its own skeletons in its closet when it comes to abductions

Why is North Korea so quiet on the comfort women issue?
Robert E. McCoy
Robert E. McCoy February 20, 2017
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