Batting in America: Korean Baseball

Commentary
In this special episode, Ambassador Mark Lippert and Victor Cha bring together an all-star cast of Korean baseball experts to talk about the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO), its games being broadcast live in America on ESPN, and the importance baseball has played in people-to-people relationships between the U.S. and Korea and their alliance.

Kim Jong-un Re-emerges

Commentary, Foreign Affairs
, by After having gone missing for twenty days, Kim Jong-un reappeared on May 1, 2020 at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at a new fertilizer production facility in Sunchon. What fueled much speculation about Kim’s ill-health, and rumors of his death, for the past three weeks was the fact that he has missed several important public events, including his grandfather’s birthday commemoration on April 15th, which was highly unusual and unprecedented for Kim.

A Vase or a Missile? North Korea’s Christmas Surprise

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, by Christmas passed without the threatened “Christmas gift” from North Korea. President Trump quipped while on holiday in Mar-a-Lago that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un might send him a “beautiful vase” rather than a missile as a gift. In either event, the two years of summit diplomacy and Trump-Kim “bromance” appears to have reached a turning point with no progress on denuclearization since the failed Hanoi summit and a series of North Korean missile tests in the past two months.

The 66-Year Alliance Between the U.S. and South Korea is in Deep Trouble

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, by and The 66-year alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea is in deep trouble. The U.S.-China trade war, the South Korean government’s quiet leaning toward Beijing and President Trump’s transactional view of alliances have created a unique constellation of forces. The result could be a premature withdrawal of U.S. troops from the peninsula at a time when North Korea’s nuclear threat and China’s regional dominance grow unabated.

North Korea’s Strong Hand Against the U.S.

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, by For Halloween, Kim Jong Un gave Donald Trump a trick, not a treat: North Korea fired two short-range missiles on Thursday toward the Sea of Japan. It was North Korea’s 13th weapons test this year—and the first since the Trump administration’s latest attempt to restart negotiations with North Korea quietly failed a few weeks ago. The first talks between the two sides in eight months broke down after only 8½ hours in Stockholm. The North Korean delegates stalked out, and Pyongyang subsequently said they wouldn’t resume the “sickening” negotiations with the U.S.

North Korea’s $2 Million Medical Bill for Otto Warmbier

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, by Ambassador Robert R. King discusses the implications of the recent article by the Washington Post that reported that the North Korean government insisted U.S. officials to sign a pledge to pay a $2 million medical bill treatment of Otto Warmbier... Anna Fifield from the Washington Post reported on April 25 that the North Korean government insisted U.S. officials…