Is Trump About To Get Peace In Korea?

For the pro-Trump camp, it is a moment of celebration; for his enemies, consternation.  There they go, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korea Supreme Leader King Jong Un, crossing and re-crossing the Demilitarized Zone in a symbolic ending of an era. Just how much credit does Trump deserve for all this?  And more … Continue reading Is Trump About To Get Peace In Korea?

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North Korea, America, China, And The Credibility Gap

Why would anyone "beg for war," in the words of American ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley?  Why would anyone say such a thing, when they seem to gain so little from war? The consequences of a general war on the Korean peninsula are obvious to anyone who's bothered with half an article from a … Continue reading North Korea, America, China, And The Credibility Gap

North Korea Just Lost A Third Of Its Exports Because Of China

From Reuters:The U.N. Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Saturday aimed at pressuring Pyongyang to end its nuclear program. The sanctions could slash North Korea's $3 billion annual export revenue by a third.Shockingly, the UN has banned exports of "North Korean coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood."  That's … Continue reading North Korea Just Lost A Third Of Its Exports Because Of China

The Dynasty Has Gotten Too Fat: Or, Kim Jong Un’s Gout Is Both Predictable and Potentially Disastrous

One should never take something complicated - like a nation-state of 24.9 million - and reduce its fate to a single personality.  Caesar may be fat, incestuous, and even downright evil, but that does not mean the Empire will fall (and there are plenty of cases where bad leaders still led good states). That being … Continue reading The Dynasty Has Gotten Too Fat: Or, Kim Jong Un’s Gout Is Both Predictable and Potentially Disastrous