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November 29, 2017

North Korea
The Challenge From North Korea

This Global Governance Working Paper is a new feature of the Council of Councils (CoC), an initiative of the Council on Foreign Relations. Targeting critical global problems where new, creative think…

A rally celebrating the success of a recent nuclear test is held in Kim Il Sung square.

January 13, 2012

North Korea
Leadership Transition in North Korea

On December 17, 2011, Kim Jong-il's seventeen-year rule came to an end as he reportedly succumbed to a heart attack. Nearly fifty hours after the event, the North Korean propaganda apparatus sprang i…

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October 23, 2012

South Korea
Global Korea

Overview Over the past few years, South Korea has become an active contributor to international stability through its "increased participation in peacekeeping, antipiracy, postconflict stabilizati…

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December 11, 2015

South Korea
Unified Korea and the Future of the U.S.-South Korea Alliance

Overview Korean unification could arguably occur within the next decade. No other country in the world is as diplomatically isolated as North Korea. Even its closest ally and benefactor, China, is…

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March 2, 2000

South Korea
Korea's Comeback

Overview One year ago, Korea was in trouble. Its banking system, inadequately supervised, collapsed. Industry, lacking financial discipline, expanded unproductively with its "too big to fail" priv…

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January 8, 2009

North Korea
Can the United States Cause the Collapse of North Korea? Should We Try?

In this brief analysis, I attempt to answer two questions: Can the United States cause the collapse of North Korea? Should we try? I have proceeded under the assumption that the answer t…

December 11, 2015

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Managing Japan-South Korea Tensions

Overview Fifty years after the establishment of official diplomatic relations between Japan and South Korea, continued animosity between the United States' two Northeast Asian allies remains a pro…

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October 17, 2012

South Korea
The KSLV I Launch and South Korea’s Space Strategy

South Korea (the Republic of Korea, or ROK) has successfully established its place in the international shipbuilding, electronics, and automobile industries. Yet despite major investments in space te…

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January 30, 2020

Health
Refuge From Disease

Mitigating potential communicable disease in refugee populations is a subset of efforts for human rights, equality, and dignity. A basic multilateral framework could improve health care in these situ…

Rohingya refugees wait for medical checkups in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, on January 21, 2018.

January 30, 2020

Global Governance
Council of Councils Twelfth Regional Conference

Sessions were held on the future of the European Union, a global governance of migration, the weaponization of economic interdependence, the French nuclear deterrence strategy, European strategic aut…

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel look on as U.S. President Donald J. Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan walk at the NATO leaders summit in Watford, United Kingdom, on December 4, 2019.