Eastern Asia

Kim Jong-un’s New Course

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While the terms juche (spirit of self-reliance) and songun (military first) are relatively well-known to a broad audience, a fresh…

U.S. House of Representatives steps up war rh...

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According to the assessments by various foreign observers, there has been a clear escalation in relations between China and the…

The Meetings in Beijing

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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev visited China from Oct. 22 to Oct. 24. Visits by the Russian leadership to the…

Famine in North Korea: Causes and Myths. Part...

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First, agriculture "washed away" and the terraces on the mountain slopes were particularly affected. This appears to be why the…

Famine in North Korea: Causes and Myths. Part...

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"Slon" internet magazine published an article by A. Lankov titled "How many people actually died of starvation in North Korea"…

Government shutdown and Chinese gold

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“The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity”...William Butler Yeats, from his poem The Second…

The US’ “Asia Pivot” and Containment of China

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The US’ “Asia Pivot” policy, announced in June 2012, has since been heralded as a ‘new’ cold war in a…

Should we expect a collapse of North Korea?

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Having started the “Arab Spring” and having destabilized the situation in most countries in the Middle East after it, the…

China and Russia’s Eurasian Plans. Part 2

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We should add one more important dimension to the character of Chinese expansion in Central Asia. It began with and…

Washington and Tokyo ramp up military prepara...

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Despite the break out of a U.S. budget crisis and Obama’s cancelled trip to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit…

China and Russia’s Eurasian Plans. Part 1

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The Bishkek SCO (The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation) summit has fully confirmed the viability of unions which tend to strengthen regionalism…

On the coup d’état in South Korea

The scandal, associated with the coup attempt in the Republic of Korea, continues to “pick up speed”. Since the writing…

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