Category Archives: North Korea

North Korea Opens Russian Financed Wharf

Satellite imagery acquired by DigitalGlobe shows the recently renovated wharf at North Korea’s Rajin Port located on the east coast. In an inaugural ceremony on 18JUL14, North Korea opened Wharf No. 03 for operation, according to a report in the … Continue reading

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Geo-Strategic Implication of the U.S.-R.O.K. OPCON Transfer Delay

by Jeong Lee and Major Chad M. Pillai. Jeong Lee is a freelance writer whose writings on U.S. defense and foreign policy issues and inter-Korean affairs have appeared on various online publications. Lee looks forward to start his Master of … Continue reading

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Rational Actors Don’t Always Make the Decisions We Would

When countries act in ways Westerners find confusing, it’s easy to regard their behavior as irrational. Iran’s pursuit of a nuclear capacity and Russia’s recent invasion and annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea are cases in point. Both have incurred high costs … Continue reading

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South Korea Buys Stealth Fighters—Too Bad It’s All For Show

The Republic of Korea has announced plans to buy up F-35 Joint Strike Fighters weeks after the program nearly went off the rails. But buying the warplanes won’t tip the balance against South Korea’s powerful regional rivals. After facing vociferous opposition from … Continue reading

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Das militärische Kräfteverhältnis auf der koreanischen Halbinsel

Ein Gastbeitrag von Lukas Hegi. Er ist Mitglied des Vorstandes der Vereinigung Schweizerischer Nachrichtenoffiziere (VSN). Dieser Artikel wurde im Bulletin 2 (2013) der Vereinigung Schweizerischer Nachrichtenoffiziere veröffentlicht. In der ersten Jahreshälfte war die internationale Politik von der Nordkorea-Krise geprägt. Damit … Continue reading

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Can South Korea’s Military Successfully Reorient Its Strategic Priorities?

by Jeong Lee. Jeong Lee is a freelance writer and a Contributing Analyst for Wikistrat’s Asia-Pacific Desk. Lee’s writings on U.S. defense and foreign policy issues and inter-Korean affairs have appeared on various online publications including East Asia Forum, the … Continue reading

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What If China Takes Its “Responsibility” in North Korea?

The United States have long urged the Chinese to take their “responsibility” and rein in their client state, North Korea. But would America really be better off if they did? A recent strategic simulation run by the crowd-sourced online consultancy … Continue reading

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RUSI – North Korea: On the Brink of War?

Important basic firsthand knowledge about the current tensions with North Korea by Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) Research Fellow Andrea Berger. She argues North Korea’s recently belligerent statements against the United States will not necessarily lead to war. More information … Continue reading

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Wikileaks – Cablegate

ATTENTION READERS FROM THE USA: in this article, some links refer directly to diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks. Reading the article below have no consequences to you, but clicking a link and reading the diplomatic cable itself could maybe endanger … Continue reading

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Aufgeschnappt: North Korean Military Parade

Dictator – weapons – girls: by guardian.co.uk staff Dan Chung and Tania Branigan. The North Korean leader Kim Jong-il allowed international media to watch his largest ever military parade in October 2010 – part of the campaign to establish his … Continue reading

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