Darkness at High Noon in Korea

Darkness at High Noon in Korea

As the world focuses on the war in Syria, the refugee crisis in Europe, and the primary slugfest in the United States, the two Koreas are heading toward a catastrophe in the Far East. Although relations on the Korean peninsula have been deteriorating for the better...
North Korea’s Sorry Politics

North Korea’s Sorry Politics

In the famous tearjerker Love Story, a young woman dying of cancer tells her boyfriend that “love means never having to say you’re sorry.” North Korea has generally adopted the same attitude toward South Korea, with a small twist: juche means never having to say...
Korea: The Case for Withdrawal

Korea: The Case for Withdrawal

For a country that is often portrayed in Western media as unpredictable, the North Korean regime has actually proven to operate on a quite limited, if rather provocative, cycle. On the heels of December’s successful missile test, the recalcitrant nation is now...
The Lasting Significance of Kwangju

The Lasting Significance of Kwangju

Last week marked the 30th anniversary of the Kwangju Citizens’ Uprising in South Korea, a pivotal event that inspired the Korean democratic movement through its ultimate victory in the late 1980s. In Kwangju, where hundreds died in the uprising, the event was...

Korean Bases of Concern

Last month the New York Philharmonic grabbed the world’s attention by performing Dvorak’s New World Symphony in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea. The Philharmonic may well have chosen Dvorak’s piece as an overture for a new world of peace. With...

The Paradox of East Asian Peace

At the center of East Asia lies the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on the Korean peninsula. The DMZ has been called the most dangerous place on earth. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers face one another across this divide. And yet, the DMZ is also the lifeline between North...
We’re Practically Giving it Away!

We’re Practically Giving it Away!

In those classic Crazy Eddie commercials, the pitchman promised prices so low “we’re practically giving it away.” For the last decade, Foreign Policy In Focus has done Crazy Eddie one better. We haven’t charged a thing for our priceless foreign...