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  

Beyond Hegemony and a Liberal International Order

Tattered flags (Megan Kester)

by Gordon Adams America’s place in the world is experiencing an historic turning point. All the mumbo-jumbo about being the “exceptional” and “indispensable” nation, the natural “leader” of something called the “West,” the guarantor of some kind of international system… 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  

Korea and the Geopolitics of Impossible

Divided families reunion between North and South Korea

by John Feffer In geopolitics, everything is impossible — until, suddenly, it isn‘t. Wars that no one ever believed could happen flare into existence, and stable societies descend into chaos. On the other side of spectrum, peace agreements that only… Continue Reading