Korea’s Two “Impossibles”

Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in (DPRK media)

by John Feffer When, in early March, Donald Trump agreed to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the Washington foreign policy elite nearly suffered a collective heart attack. For one thing, the announcement came as a complete surprise. Trump had… Continue Reading  

Thus Begins the Bolton Administration

John Bolton (Gage Skidmore via Flickr)

by John Feffer For a man with a reputation for venting spleen and flying off the handle, John Bolton bided his time before finally rising to the position of power he now occupies. The former U.S. ambassador to the UN… Continue Reading  

Drawing the Wrong Lesson about North Korea

Kim Jong Un (KCNA)

by Paul R. Pillar Believing one’s own puffery and press releases is a hazard for many public figures, but probably especially so for Donald Trump. Although the true beliefs of any demagogue may remain hidden, this hazard can be expected… Continue Reading  

What Would Korean Reunification Look Like?

The Arch of Reunification in Pyongyang (Wikimedia Commons)

by John Feffer Korean reunification is, for the most part, an ideal rather than a concrete plan. But that hasn’t always been the case. In the 1950s, reunification was a military goal: the forced absorption of one side by the… Continue Reading  

The Kim Jong Un Phenomenon

Mike Pompeo and Kim Jong Un

by Graham E. Fuller  I may be naive but I get the feeling that something possibly profound is underway with the recent dramatic flurry of diplomatic activity surrounding the once reclusive leader Kim Jong Un; it could represent a turning… Continue Reading