What Does Kim Jong Un Want?

What Does Kim Jong Un Want?

Virtually every week, politicians and journalists and policy experts attempt the impossible: mind reading. Specifically, they want to know what’s going on inside one man’s mind. They want to know what Kim Jong Un is thinking and, more importantly, what he wants. It’s...
In Tehran, All Eyes on North Korea

In Tehran, All Eyes on North Korea

North Korea’s nuclear weapons and Iran’s purported nuclear ambitions are the subject of constant speculation by Western pundits. However, the connection between the two is often overlooked. Although Northeast Asia and the Middle East are home to different...
Infantalizing North Korea

Infantalizing North Korea

Political Cartoonists love to portray North Korea as an irrational and infantile force. It’s either a baby with a nuclear rattle or a little truant in need of a timeout. The relative youth of the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, encourages such...
What Went Right at Almaty

What Went Right at Almaty

After eight months of diplomatic hiatus, Iran and the so-called “P5+1” powers—including the United States, China, Russia, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom—were finally able to return to the negotiating table. And, to the surprise of many...
Iran’s Survival Strategy

Iran’s Survival Strategy

It is by now common knowledge that Western-imposed economic sanctions on Iran have had detrimental impacts on the Iranian economy. Iranian officials have long since shifted their public statements from outright denial to explicit acknowledgement of the effect of...
No to War with Iran

No to War with Iran

Israel and the United States have waged a campaign of cyberwarfare and covert operations against Iran for the past several years. If Iran had taken similar actions toward Israel or the United States, we would have considered it a declaration of open war. Iran is...

Oil or Atoms?

The outcome of the November midterm elections in the United States may well hinge on oil and atoms. The issue of atoms, namely Iran’s nuclear ambitions, is potentially more explosive. But the price of gas, since it hits consumers in the pocketbooks, may have the...