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Nuclear Proliferation Concerns in East Asia: Beyond North Korea
November 26, 2021

Nuclear Proliferation Concerns in East Asia: Beyond North Korea

By Hart Rapaport
The nuclear situation in East Asia is more nuanced than the actions of a single nation. 

Why Has North Korea Struggled to Normalize Trade With China?
November 25, 2021

Why Has North Korea Struggled to Normalize Trade With China?

By Troy Stangarone
Since North Korea slammed its borders shut in the initial stage of the pandemic, it has made several motions toward resuming normal trade. None has panned out.
How to Deliver Relief to North Koreans Without Lifting Sanctions
November 20, 2021

How to Deliver Relief to North Koreans Without Lifting Sanctions

By Aaron Arnold
To address the grim humanitarian situation in North Korea, countries should get smart about implementing sanctions, not lift them.

How Useful Is North Korea’s Railroad Missile Launching System?
November 19, 2021

How Useful Is North Korea’s Railroad Missile Launching System?

By Alan Cunningham
The new “railway-borne missile regiment” is only as useful as North Korea’s railway system.

Agent Chrysanthemum: North Korean Spy Indicted for Coercing Defectors to Return ‘Home’
November 12, 2021

Agent Chrysanthemum: North Korean Spy Indicted for Coercing Defectors to Return ‘Home’

By Jason Bartlett
Coercing, and even abducting, defectors is a common tactic for authoritarian regimes to discourage defection.

Seoul Rejects Refugee Claims by Chinese North Korean Defectors
November 11, 2021

Seoul Rejects Refugee Claims by Chinese North Korean Defectors

By Hyung-jin Kim
Some experts say 3,000-5,000 ethnic Chinese live in North Korea and are the only foreigners with permanent residency rights.

How Would a Yoon Seok-Youl Administration Approach North Korea?
November 05, 2021

How Would a Yoon Seok-Youl Administration Approach North Korea?

By Mitch Shin
An overview of Yoon's platform on inter-Korean relations and the South Korea-U.S. alliance.
China, Russia Urge UNSC to End Key Sanctions on North Korea
November 04, 2021

China, Russia Urge UNSC to End Key Sanctions on North Korea

By Edith M. Lederer
China and Russia cited humanitarian reasons in arguing for sanctions relief, but their proposal faces an uphill battle.

China’s New Land Borders Law Is a Nightmare for North Korean Refugees
October 29, 2021

China’s New Land Borders Law Is a Nightmare for North Korean Refugees

By Jason Bartlett
Although the main focus of China’s new land law relates to territorial disputes with neighboring countries like India, it also contains specific language applicable to the influx of outside populations.

North Korea’s Food Shortage Is a Lesson for US Policymakers
October 28, 2021

North Korea’s Food Shortage Is a Lesson for US Policymakers

By Zhuoran Li
If North Korea’s extreme self-inflicted COVID isolation isn’t enough to break the Kim regime, external sanctions have no chance.

Can Moon’s Final Attempt to End the Korean War Work? 
October 27, 2021

Can Moon’s Final Attempt to End the Korean War Work? 

By Mitch Shin
South Korean President Moon Jae-in called for an end-of-war declaration in his U.N. address, but the other countries involved have different goals. 
Time to Pursue Arms Control With North Korea
October 26, 2021

Time to Pursue Arms Control With North Korea

By Manseok Lee
While it has risks, implementing an arms control process would be the most promising way to guard against conflict on the Korean Peninsula.

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