The Korea Talks and Why Policy Processes Matter


by Paul R. Pillar In July 1951, armistice talks began that eventually, after two years of difficult negotiations, would halt the Korean War. The locale was the city of Kaesong, which was just south of the 38th parallel but on the… Continue Reading  

A Nobel for Donald Trump over Korea?


by John Feffer In the Stockholm syndrome, the victim starts to identify with the captor. In one of the most famous examples, the heiress Patty Hearst took up arms on behalf of the radical group that abducted her. She denounced… Continue Reading  

The US Needs A Post-Olympic Game Plan with North Korea


by Daniel Jasper The recent signals from North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea or DPRK) that it is willing to talk to the United States about denuclearization have illuminated a major problem in Washington: the lack of a diplomatic… Continue Reading  

The Forgotten Benefits of Deterrence


by Paul R. Pillar During the Cold War, no concept was more central to U.S. national security strategy and to the relationship between the superpowers than deterrence. The concept long predates the Cold War, of course, but during that four-decade… Continue Reading  

Buttering Up the Pentagon


by Danny Sjursen Think of it as the chicken-or-the-egg question for the ages: Do very real threats to the United States inadvertently benefit the military-industrial complex or does the national security state, by its very nature, conjure up inflated threats… Continue Reading