February 02, 2023

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'

Out of time on N. Korea

Out of time on N. Korea

A failure to decide means accepting N. Korea as a nuclear power – is that what we want?

Out of time on N. Korea
Robert E. McCoy
Robert E. McCoy July 6, 2016
Ethnic Koreans in China not bound to N.Korea

Ethnic Koreans in China not bound to N.Korea

Younger generation in Yanbian Autonomous Region well aware of South Korean wave

Ethnic Koreans in China not bound to N.Korea
Robert E. McCoy
Robert E. McCoy June 27, 2016
N.Korean sanctions and ‘loyalty’ work

N.Korean sanctions and ‘loyalty’ work

Sanctions have unexpected effects as the regime makes up for lost cash through slave labor

N.Korean sanctions and ‘loyalty’ work
Robert E. McCoy
Robert E. McCoy June 21, 2016
Can the spark of capitalism in N.Korea catch fire?

Can the spark of capitalism in N.Korea catch fire?

Capitalistic entrepreneurship needs infrastructure – sorely lacking in the North – to take off

Can the spark of capitalism in N.Korea catch fire?
Robert E. McCoy
Robert E. McCoy June 14, 2016
N.Korea and hacking the financial world

N.Korea and hacking the financial world

Regime has long had entry into the world-wide electronic financial transaction system

N.Korea and hacking the financial world
Robert E. McCoy
Robert E. McCoy June 9, 2016
Protests not new in N.Korea; resistance perhaps not futile

Protests not new in N.Korea; resistance perhaps not futile

Current protests and opposition in North Korea occur in a more tolerant environment

Protests not new in N.Korea; resistance perhaps not futile
Robert E. McCoy
Robert E. McCoy June 3, 2016
N.Korea’s missiles and nukes create dilemma for Japan

N.Korea’s missiles and nukes create dilemma for Japan

Just War Theory proscribes pre-emptive strikes; Article 9 of their constitution prohibits war

N.Korea’s missiles and nukes create dilemma for Japan
Robert E. McCoy
Robert E. McCoy May 25, 2016
What’s behind S.Korea’s intelligence failures?

What’s behind S.Korea’s intelligence failures?

HUMINT remains indispensable but is often unreliable; politics, incompetence worsen things

What’s behind S.Korea’s intelligence failures?
Robert E. McCoy
Robert E. McCoy May 16, 2016
Sanctions don’t preclude discussions with North Korea

Sanctions don’t preclude discussions with North Korea

Meaningful dialog involving all members of lifeless Six-Party Talks not only feasible, but necessary

Sanctions don’t preclude discussions with North Korea
Robert E. McCoy
Robert E. McCoy May 10, 2016
Sanctions on North Korea: Unexpected benefits possible

Sanctions on North Korea: Unexpected benefits possible

Sanctions won’t force Pyongyang from nuclear, missile programs, but possibly to better outcome

Sanctions on North Korea: Unexpected benefits possible
Robert E. McCoy
Robert E. McCoy May 2, 2016
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