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The Fall and Execution of Jang Song Thaek

Yonhap/Reuters On Friday, North Korea announced the execution of Jang Song Thaek, formerly the second most powerful person in the country and the head of National Security Protection Bureau, the North Korean secret police organization that “runs North Korean prison camps and arrests people for political crimes.” Oh, and he’s Kim Jong Un’s uncle. Lots of ink have been spilled...

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Senkakus/Diaoyu Islands Standoff De-Escalates

When China describes something as a “core interest”, it’s time to sit up and pay attention. A core interest is exactly what it sounds like — something that China views as essential to China’s economy and security. Perhaps more importantly the core interest label tends to denote something that China believes is not open to...

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United States and South Korea Agree to Boost Combined Defensive Posture

On June 14th, the United States and South Korea agreed to strengthen their joint defensive ties during the U.S.-Korea Ministerial Dialogue 2+2 Meetings held in Seoul

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