East Asia

Grand Strategy in Pivotal Places

East Asia

The East Asia program conducts research on vital regional security issues such as cross-Strait relations between the PRC and Taiwan, U.S. alliance relationships with Japan and South Korea, and China’s foreign policy in developing states. The program offers insights and recommendations for policymakers in the U.S. and in the region.

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Research and Analysis

July 1, 2019 | EXPERT: Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein

North Korea’s environmental problems have not garnered nearly as much attention as its nuclear and missile programs, signature construction projects or vague commitments to improving the economy, but it is an area that has seen the most interesting developments under Kim Jong Un’s tenure.

July 1, 2019 | EXPERT: Joel S. Wit

With his visit to the Demilitarized Zone, the president is opening the door for real negotiations.

July 1, 2019 | EXPERT: Jenny Town

Compared to China and Japan, access to educational opportunities about the two Koreas are noticeably limited in the United States.

June 25, 2019 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

After many years of speculation about a visit to the DPRK by Chinese President Xi Jinping, the suspense finally came to an end last week with the Chinese leader’s two-day state visit to Pyongyang. The timing is curious.

June 20, 2019 | EXPERT: Robert Carlin

The debate roiling the leadership in Pyongyang is in its fourth week and appears to have heated up.

June 10, 2019 | EXPERT: Robert Carlin

Since mid-May, there have been signs of a high-level policy discussion in Pyongyang over how to proceed with diplomatic engagement with Washington.

June 3, 2019 | EXPERT: Yuki Tatsumi

The abduction issue (rachi mondai) has been a major constraint on Japan’s policy toward North Korea for the last several decades. In the 1970s, a number of Japanese citizens disappeared and it has long been suspected that they were abducted by North Korean agents.

May 29, 2019 | EXPERT: Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein

North Korea’s food situation is confusing.

May 24, 2019 | EXPERT: Jenny Town

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Peter Makowsky and Jenny Town

May 22, 2019 | EXPERT: Joel S. Wit

This article is a reprint of Joel Wit and Richard Sokolsky’s 

May 14, 2019 | EXPERT: Pamela Kennedy

Last month, the world learned that North Korea attempted to sell submarine designs to Taiwan in 2016.

May 5, 2019 | EXPERT: Robert Carlin

Pyongyang has reported that on May 4, Kim Jong Un observed an east coast firing drill of “large-caliber long-range multiple rocket launchers and tactical guided weapons.” That would seem to undercut considerable speculation in US and South Korean media that this was either a move to protest the f

May 1, 2019 | EXPERT: Robert Carlin

Ignoring Bing Crosby’s advice to accentuate the positive, Pyongyang has latched onto what it portrayed as the negative in April 24 remarks by US Secretary of State Pompeo.

April 30, 2019 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

Since being applied to U.S.-Soviet-China trilateral relations after the Sino-American rapprochement in the early 1970s, the notion/theory of “strategic triangles” has been widely used to examine many trilateral relations.
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