E-Notes

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After Singapore: From Bilateral Summitry to Multi-Party Diplomacy?

The narrative that the U.S. has made major concessions to North Korea while gaining very little in return is now the mainstream view in the Western expert commentary on the June 12 Singapore summit between Donald Trump and Kim...

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The Trump-Kim Summit: Its Significance for Six-Party Diplomacy

Donald Trump has upended not only the sanctions regime, but also the framework of diplomacy involving North Korea. A scramble is bound to ensue for leverage in shaping the geopolitics of Northeast Asia and for asserting national identities in...

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China, Japan, and the Singapore Summit: No Seat at the Table, but Very Much Present

The long-discussed summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un—beset by doubts and delays—finally took place on June 12. The meeting itself was brief—a 35 minute closed-door discussion with only the two leaders’ translators present, followed by a public meeting...

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The Trump-Kim Summit: Why History Doesn’t Always Repeat Itself

Rarely has a high-profiled international event come with the caveat “assuming it actually happens” in every news report, but with the summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, journalists writing about it had to throw the phrase in because...

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Korea: It’s Not About Nuclear Weapons

The current meeting between Mr. Trump and Mr. Kim, we must never forget, is about Korea above all. She was a unified country under the Choson dynasty from 1392 until 1910 when imperial Japan annexed her. After World War...

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Intelligence “Oversight” or Forbidden Intrusion: How Far Can Congress Go?

The very public demands made by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) or, more accurately, by its current chairman, Devin Nunes, and other members of the Republican majority, for information related to intelligence activities connected with...

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North Korea under Kim Jong-un: Reforms without Openness?

North Korea still is described routinely as the “world’s last Stalinist country” whose population is allegedly always on the brink of starvation. These descriptions are, however, outdated. Kim Jong-un’s North Korea, while still a grossly repressive and very poor...

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The New Indo-Pacific Command and the Shangri La Dialogue: Some Tough Words…But Mostly Not

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis has been very busy of late. At the end of July, he was in Honolulu to formally rename the United States Pacific Command (PACOM) the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM), in overt recognition of...

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Six Heads are Better Than Two When It Comes to North Korea

In 2018, the situation on the Korean Peninsula once again came into the spotlight. However, this time, the reasons for the increased attention are less disturbing than last year—when North Korea and the United States exchanged belligerent statements while...

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Don’t Forget: North Korea is a Country, too.

Are you finding it difficult to keep up with the twists and turns of the goings on around North Korea these days? You’re not alone. By the time anyone planning to write about North Korea saves their text and...

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