Regions / North Korea
Like any tyrant, Kim Jong-il relies on numerous tools of authoritarian control to stay in power.
Two respected Korean-American researchers suggest there may have been a rush to judgment on the sinking of the Cheonan.
Recent scrutiny of U.S.-Japan base realignment and Okinawan anti-base opposition has overshadowed U.S. military issues in South Korea. As others have argued, the struggle in Okinawa represents only one facet of the larger global struggle against U.S. bases.
Did North Korea really have anything to do with the sinking of the Cheonan?
New U.S. documents reveal Washington's complicity with dictators around the Kwangju uprising of 1980 in South Korea.
If we want to prevent any future Cheonans, we need to sit down with North Korea.
South Korea has continuously increased its military spending since 2000 at a rate higher than conventional explanations would expect. Its spending grew 200 percent for the past ten years, higher than would be warranted by the growth of its economy or government budget over the same period.
How much of an impact has North Korea's nuclear program had on the military spending of other major Northeast Asian states?
People are starting to wonder: Why should Israel get special treatment?
A new approach needs to be taken if we're going to achieve progress in Northeast Asia.