There are plenty of contenders on the left. On the rise is Seongnam Mayor Lee Jae-myung, who has gained notoriety pushing
Mr. President-Elect: you were chosen to lead our country based on your unconventional ideas and approaches which resonated with a large portion of the US population. It's time to bring that thinking to the North Korean question.
Candidate Donald Trump did the seeming impossible: get elected president while speaking truths that shocked establishment policymakers. Such as criticizing the defense dole for South Korea, one of Washington, D.C.'s, most sacred sacred cows.
The Kim Jong-il government fulfilled the nuclear pact, but launched a separate uranium-enrichment program which crashed relations
President-elect Donald Trump has a unique opportunity to redirect American foreign policy, which has become dangerously unbalanced and militarized. The answer is not isolation, but robust, thoughtful engagement.
Moreover, at a time when Washington appears to be attempting to contain China, Beijing does not want to destroy its one military
The DPRK ostentatiously treats anyone of faith, but especially Christians, as hostile. Believers place loyalty to God before
How well the country navigates these rough waters will determine whether and when it fulfills its potential by combining the world's largest population, economy, and military.
Early in the Cold War the U.S. threatened "massive retaliation" in Europe to offset Soviet conventional superiority. Once
North Korea's Kim Jong-un continues his confrontational course. After conducting his nation's fifth nuclear test, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter declared it to be a "direct challenge to the entire international community."
It had been at least a few days since North Korea did anything terribly provocative. So another disruptive event was long overdue. Pyongyang then conducted its fifth nuclear test. And, as always, the "international community" was shocked and appalled.
Trump gets one big concept very right. He's not interested in reassuring allies. Or, as he might put it, he won't make nice to a bunch of wimpy leeches living off of America. If he's president, party-time at U.S. expense finally might be over.
Washington long has told the rest of the world what to do. But the world usually pays little attention. When ignored, U.S. officials typically talk tougher and louder, with no better result. That describes American policy toward North Korea.
Despite the success of America's post-World War II policy, its advocates act as if it is an abysmal failure. Consider the argument from the ROK's supporters for continuing to treat the Republic of Korea as a helpless dependent.
Dealing with North Korea brings to mind Sisyphus, the mythological Greek king condemned for eternity to roll a stone up a hill, only to watch it roll back down.
Experience suggests that "neutering" Pyongyang is beyond the power of the U.S. president, at least at a cost Americans are willing to bear. The U.S. should try a different approach. Washington should withdraw from the Korean vortex. Then the Democratic People's Republic of Korea would be primarily a problem for its neighbors, who have the most at stake.
It would be far better to phase out America's military presence on Okinawa, turning U.S. bases back to the Japanese government. More than seven decades after the end of World War II, Japan's defense should be the responsibility of Tokyo, not Washington.
North Korea has completed its first Korean Workers' Party congress in 36 years. The ruling elite appeared to be getting along fine despite international sanctions. Washington needs to find a new approach toward the North.
Unfortunately, the U.S. government has no ability to protect North Koreans from their own government. Bomb Pyongyang? Tighten sanctions? Push Beijing to end support for North Korea? If such steps don't work for nukes, they won't work for human rights.
Too much information passes over the DPRK's borders for anyone any longer to believe the fantasies propagated in Pyongyang.