Tag: North Korea

  • China, Russia, Iran, North Korea—the CRANKs

    CRANK Call is a monthly review of developments involving cooperation, and at times contention, among China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea (the CRANKs). May Highlights Putin-Xi summit shows growing Beijing-Moscow ties, and their limitations Russian President Vladimir Putin’s mid-May visit to China showcased growing cooperation between the two countries following Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine

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  • How Stable is North Korea?

    North Korea has fallen out of Western media headlines in recent months, but the situation inside that country appears dire. The Kim regime has been reeling under the pressure of sanctions from the international community, the strains of severe food shortages brought forth by natural disasters and resource mismanagement, and the weight of COVID-19 in a

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  • How Kim Jong-Un Sees a Biden Administration—and How Kim Will Respond

    Election day has come and gone, and now North Korean leader Kim Jong-un knows he will have to deal with Joe Biden in the White House. Kim has gone through a lot over the last four years. He faced off through a period of high tensions with President Donald Trump before meeting in a historic

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  • Time to Accept North Korea As a Nuclear Weapons State?

    No matter who wins the U.S. Presidential election come November 3, North Korea will be a top national security priority thanks to its growing nuclear weapons capabilities and long-range missiles. For decades, the majority of North Korea experts, policymakers and politicians on both sides of the political spectrum have maintained that denuclearization is the best

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  • North Korean Military Modernization: How Should Washington Respond?

    North Korea’s seemingly rapid ascent to de facto nuclear weapons state with long-range missiles that threaten the U.S. homeland was no accident.  Through decades of testing, countless starts and stops, and billions of dollars of research and development spending, Pyongyang has built a military capable of killing millions of people with a variety of weapons of mass

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