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Challenges that Confront South Korean President Yoon Suk-Yeol

Yoon Suk-yeol assumed the office of South Korea’s new President on 10 May and had barely settled into his new role when he found himself at the centre of an ongoing tug of war between the US and China. In a smart move, China sent Vice-President Wang...

North Korea’s Sabre-Rattling Continues

North Korea is not deterred by sanctions and continues to pursue its nuclear and missile development programmes. When the year 2022 dawned and the world’s attention was transfixed with Russia’s military operation in Ukraine on 24 February and, North...

Fresh Challenge from North Korea with ICBM launch

Introduction On 24 March 2022, North Korea ended a self-imposed moratorium on testing long range missiles and launched a new kind of ICBM for the first time since 2017. The launch was seen as a challenge and to assess South Korea’s President-elect...

North Korea Conducts Series of Missile Tests, Remains Undeterred to Participate in the Dialogue Process

The nuclear armed and the recalcitrant North Korea returned to the business of missiles testing with seven rounds of weapons tests in January 2022, the latest being on 30 January and the most in a single calendar month since autumn 2019, raising...

East Asia: Likely Trends in 2022

A year has just ended and we usher into another one. Many parts of the world witnessed dramatic developments in political, economic and defence/security realms. In a globalised and inter-connected world, no part of the world remained insulated from...

Hopes for Peace Return in the Korean Peninsula as inter-Korean Military Hotlines re-established

The liberal and dovish South Korean President Moon Jae-in is a gutsy leader who does not easily give up to make peace with the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, despite the latter’s maverick behaviour and unpredictable policy choices that once agreed...

Explained: What Outcome of Biden-Moon Summit?

Following the footsteps of Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhide Suga, South Korean President Moon Jae-in travelled to Washington on the invitation of the US President Joe Biden for a summit meeting on 21 May 2021, wherein both the leaders vowed “...

What does Eighth Party Congress of North Korea Reveal?

Introduction North Korea held the Eighth Congress of the Workers’ Party (WPK) after a gap of four and half years. It started on 5 January and lasted for unusually prolonged eight days until 12 January. The previous Congresses were held in 1946, 1948...

Revisiting Korean War in its 70th Anniversary

June 25, 2020 marked the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War. It was on this day when Communist North Korea invaded the US-backed South triggering a three-year long war that killed millions from both sides. On this occasion, the two...

Tensions Return to the Korean Peninsula

At a time when the world attention is focussed in battling the Covid-19, two communist nations – China and North Korea – are engaged in different terrains as if to deflect the focus from containing Covid-19. Both are unfortunate developments and...

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