Korea (North)


24 May 2018

Now that North Korea has finally reached the threshold of a nuclear missile capability to directly threaten the US mainland, its scripted brand of hyperbole and brinksmanship is encountering a different sort of melodrama - the political theatre of Donald Trump.


15 May 2018

This paper examines the extent of change in South Korea’s approach to the DPRK under President Moon across five realms of North Korea policy.


9 May 2018

This paper portrays the geopolitical, strategic, economic and national policy interests that are driving the Russian government’s attentiveness towards the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia, and provides an outlook on potential Russian involvement, as well as options for the international community on what to expect...


18 Apr 2018

This paper argues that the apparent optimism surrounding the ‘season of summitry’ on the Korean Peninsula should be tempered by the fact that there are potential risks attached to engaging the North Korean leadership without preconditions


4 Apr 2018

This Strategic Insight traces the origins of the ANZUS Treaty, examines its substantive content, and considers whether and how it might apply in the event of a conflict between the United States and North Korea.


13 Jul 2015

This article presents an argument about the relationship between global problems, complexity, problem-solving, and East Asian civil society. In section 1, we begin by asking two fundamental questions: what is specifically “global” about a global problem, and what underlies an issue of global concern that...


25 Aug 2014

Overview: The United Nations Human Rights Council established the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) in 2013, tasked with investigating the alleged systematic, widespread and grave violations of human rights in North Korea, with a...


15 Dec 2013

In the winter of 2012-13, North Korea’s third nuclear test, yet another long-range missile test, and increasingly provocative rhetoric threatened stability in Northeast Asia. Once again, North Korea engaged in bluster designed to project strength and resolve in the face of international disapproval. In the...


20 Jul 2009

In September 2008, the international media started to report on the declining health of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-Il. Since that date, North Korea has undertaken a series of measures to demonstrate the health of Kim Jong-Il, yet at the same time has demonstrated...


18 Jun 2007

International efforts to dismantle the nuclear program of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea have been marked by limited and inconsistent engagement and distrust. One often overlooked diplomatic process that has been continuous and has supported the development of greater trust is parliamentary diplomacy writes...


16 Aug 2006

The July 2006 missile tests by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea heightened tension in what is now a long-running diplomatic impasse over North Korea’s pursuit of a nuclear-weapons capability. The current impasse commenced in October 2002, when the United States alleged North Korea had...


20 Nov 2003

The confrontation between North Korea and the Bush Administration over the DPRK's nuclear programs threatens to plunge Northeast Asia, one of the most strategically volatile regions in the world, into chaos and to ignite a nuclear arms race. This Keynote argues that there is a...


30 Jul 2003

A nuclear test by North Korea would alter the security framework of North East Asia in two distinct areas - proliferation and operational restraint. Could North Korea be convinced that a nuclear test will not increase its security? An Australian long-term approach designed to address...


23 Jun 2003

The path towards a resolution of the North Korean nuclear crisis remains difficult given both the lack of politically tenable options and the powerful constraints on these options. This paper explores these options and constraints.


13 May 2003

The first step has been taken towards a resolution of the North Korean nuclear crisis. But the 23-25 April trilateral negotiations held in Beijing, involving the United States, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and China may have raised as many questions as provided answers....


24 Mar 2003

The military action to forcibly remove the regime of Saddam Hussein raises the question of whether to apply a similar solution to the Kim Jong-Il regime in North Korea. This paper outlines the difficulty of a military solution in the North Korean situation.


18 Mar 2003

The decision of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) to withdraw from the nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty and to restart its nuclear program frozen under the 1994 Agreed Framework with the United States has sparked international concerns of nuclear arms proliferation and regional...


3 Feb 2003

The North Korean decision to restart its nuclear program and to withdraw from the nuclear non-proliferation treaty could potentially destabilise the North East Asian region. The crisis re-emphasises the importance of the region to Australian trade and security interests.



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