July 04, 2022

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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 http://www.timbeal.net.nz/geopolitics/

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The Sony hack: A brave new world of cyber confusion

The Sony hack: A brave new world of cyber confusion

The U.S. government narrative blaming North Korea faces an unprecedented level of scrutiny from experts

The Sony hack: A brave new world of cyber confusion
Tim Beal
Tim Beal January 16, 2015
What was Panetta thinking?

What was Panetta thinking?

Former U.S. defense secretary's revelations about going nuclear raise disquieting questions

What was Panetta thinking?
Tim Beal
Tim Beal November 20, 2014
Engagement and its geopolitical context

Engagement and its geopolitical context

Consider assymetrical power relationship when broaching U.S., N. Korean dialogue

Engagement and its geopolitical context
Tim Beal
Tim Beal September 10, 2014
Engaging with engagement: Preferring to talk only to God

Engaging with engagement: Preferring to talk only to God

It’s not just North Korea; U.S. has long history of not talking things out with opponents

Engaging with engagement: Preferring to talk only to God
Tim Beal
Tim Beal September 8, 2014
The Great Illusion – South Korean version

The Great Illusion – South Korean version

Park Geun-hye talks of ‘peaceful unification’ but her actions belie a peaceful process

The Great Illusion – South Korean version
Tim Beal
Tim Beal July 30, 2014
The transformation of the nuclear weapons calculus

The transformation of the nuclear weapons calculus

Why North Korea’s Byungjin policy makes good sense, but has a sting in the tail

The transformation of the nuclear weapons calculus
Tim Beal
Tim Beal June 19, 2014
Why won’t the U.S. negotiate with North Korea?

Why won’t the U.S. negotiate with North Korea?

Would another nuclear test make Obama's strategy more proactive?

Why won’t the U.S. negotiate with North Korea?
Tim Beal
Tim Beal May 25, 2014
The contradictions of Dresden

The contradictions of Dresden

Park’s position on joint military drills, denuclearization doom her proposal

The contradictions of Dresden
Tim Beal
Tim Beal April 25, 2014