September 26, 2020

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Tim Beal

Tim Beal did a MA (Hons) in Modern Chinese Studies at Edinburgh University, followed by a PhD there on Chinese foreign trade. He moved to New Zealand in 1987 teaching at Victoria University of Wellington until his retirement in 2009. He has written extensively on International and Asian affairs, including two books relating to Korea: ‘North Korea: The Struggle against American Power’ (London: Pluto, 2005) and ‘Crisis in Korea: America, China, and the Risk of War’ (London: Pluto, 2011). He has been visiting both Koreas since the 1990s and maintains a geopolitical website focused on the peninsula at

More articles by 'Tim Beal'

It's time to stop trying to predict North Korea's collapse

Choi Sun-sil's collapse theory was rooted in Shamanism, many analyst's predictions are just as shaky

Tim Beal December 7, 2016

Fallout: S. Korea as collateral damage in U.S.' struggle with China

THAAD and the South China Sea ruling shift Chinese attitudes, raising concerns in the South

Tim Beal September 13, 2016

Wendy Sherman hints at Hillary Clinton’s Korea policy

Sherman may be the next secretary of state and her speech suggests 2017 may be a dangerous year

Tim Beal May 19, 2016

North Korean satellites and rocket science

Deconstructing the hysteria over the satellite launch that now appears imminent

Tim Beal February 3, 2016

The North Korean threat – the myth and its makers

Stories of Pyongyang’s relative military capability are much exaggerated – for a variety of reasons

Tim Beal January 21, 2016

The myth of the North Korean threat

A military balance between North and South – despite the uncertainties the evidence is overwhelming

Tim Beal January 13, 2016

From pilgrimage to profit: N. Korea’s search for tourism revenue

Opening of new terminal at Sunan airport a new step in tourism infrastructure – but will tourists come?

Tim Beal August 26, 2015

Will North Korea make Obama’s trifecta? Don’t bet on it

Obama’s moves to improve relations with Cuba, Iran lead to speculation that North Korea may be next

Tim Beal June 9, 2015

North Korea and Singapore: Two families, two nations

The Kims, the Lees and the curious parallels between a leader eulogized and a nation demonized

Tim Beal April 6, 2015

‘The Interview’ as anti-North Korean propaganda

As subversive propaganda, attention-grabbing Sony-produced movie flops

Tim Beal March 9, 2015