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Forecasting Korea’s future

Forecasting Korea’s future

The French have two expressions that capture the essence of Kim Jong-un’s New Year address. First, there’s “deja vu” ― or maybe “deja vu all over again,” as the American baseball player Yogi Berra famously put it. And then there’s “plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose” ― “the more things change, the more […]

After Singapore, Can Sizzle Be Replaced With Steak?

After Singapore, Can Sizzle Be Replaced With Steak?

WHAT can face-to-face diplomacy between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un achieve? It is wisest not to expect a revolutionary change in Trump’s approach and instead for him to play to his strengths: ceremony and personal relationships. On substance, the South Korean-led process should be allowed to take the lead […]

Summit Misdirection: Trump’s North Korea Ploy to Tackle Iran

Summit Misdirection: Trump’s North Korea Ploy to Tackle Iran

US President Donald Trump’s summit meeting on North Korea’s nuclear weapons and his administration’s reversal of the multilateral nuclear deal with Iran negotiated under former President Barack Obama are being treated as separate matters. In this article, I suggest that the two events are related. Trump cares far more about bringing Iran to heel than […]

Trump’s strategy for North Korea

Trump’s strategy for North Korea

Is President Donald Trump offering a tutorial on how to negotiate with the North Koreans ― reminding them of the riches and rewards awaiting them the moment they enter his magic kingdom? John Bolton, Trump’s national security adviser, came up with something like that in an interview on Fox, the conservative pro-Trump cable news network. […]

Egocentrism, Trump and the international system

Egocentrism, Trump and the international system

The inauguration ceremony of US President Donald Trump was closely followed by the world. In his election, Trump pledged that he would make the USA a globally respected country within the context of political and military hegemony. This study addresses egocentrism, or self-centeredness, with reference to the behavioral patterns of Trump. With this, the influences […]

The Trump Administration: The Outlook For U.S. Foreign Policy

The Trump Administration: The Outlook For U.S. Foreign Policy

Richard Giragosian – Director, Regional Studies Center (RSC) For many Americans, and especially for supporters of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, the victory of Donald Trump as the country’s next president was a serious surprise. For many others, and most notably for his vehemently loyal backers, the victory was a refreshing renewal of their hopes for […]

Trump will see the harsh reality of Middle East

Trump will see the harsh reality of Middle East

Shayan Arya – Analyst at Strategic Outlook Institution As the world was watching America’s presidential election with great interest and trepidation, something historic was happening in America. Many people thought the election of Hillary Clinton was inevitable given her experience, money and enormous political machine supporting her, the very things her opponent, Donald J Trump, lacked. […]

Korea-US FTA in unprecedented jeopardy

Korea-US FTA in unprecedented jeopardy

Lee Han-soo – The Korea Times Donald Trump’s election as the next U.S. President is expected to put the free trade pact between South Korean and the U.S. in grave jeopardy. Trump has repeatedly blasted the deal as “catastrophic” and “unfair” to the U.S. “Hillary rammed through the job-killing trade deal with South Korea in […]

Will Trump meet N. Korean leader?

Will Trump meet N. Korean leader?

Ko Dong-hwan – The Korea Times Will U.S. president-elect Donald Trump meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un? The question has become one of the most urgent reality check factors in Korea because the Republican candidate repeatedly mentioned how he will deal with the nuclear-armed communist state during his presidential campaign and before that. In 2000, […]

Humans of New York photographer writes an open letter to Donald Trump

Humans of New York photographer writes an open letter to Donald Trump

In the light of American presidential candidate Donald Trump’s racist remarks and hate speech against Muslims and migrants, photographer Brandon Stanton, of one of the most popular Facebook pages, Humans of New York, has written an open letter criticizing Trump. The letter has gone viral all over the internet as thousands of users and media […]

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