North Korea

  • Eurasia Outlook
    Kim Jong Deng: Why North Korea Is Choosing Market Reforms
    Andrei Lankov February 25, 2015 Русский

    Due to his age, young Kim Jong-un cannot afford to rule the way his aged father did. The old system will not guarantee him another 40—50 years in power. Therefore, he is forced to change it, however risky these changes might be.

  • Eurasia Outlook
    Russia: Pivoting to Asia or Just to China?
    Dmitri Trenin March 24, 2014

    Russia’s economic, political and strategic environment in the West is fast deteriorating. One obvious way to respond to this is to reach out to Asia and the Pacific.

  • Eurasia Outlook
    Asia in 2013: From Punggye-ri to Delhi
    Petr Topychkanov January 8, 2014

    There have been many events in Asia in 2013. But some of them stand to impact the most the global policy and security in 2014.

  • Eurasia Outlook
    Eurasia in 2014
    Dmitri Trenin January 6, 2014

    Eurasia Outlook returns in 2014 and in the months ahead it will focus on the issues that are likely to shape the future of Eurasia.

  • Eurasia Outlook
    Looking Back: Peace in Eurasia, 2013
    Dmitri Trenin December 30, 2013

    In 2013, Europe was a peaceful place, but elsewhere in Eurasia, things were not as peaceful. This eventful year promises an interesting 2014.

  • Eurasia Outlook
    The Asian Connection
    Dmitri Trenin October 7, 2013

    Connectivity in Asia and the Pacific, one of the main themes of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, held on October 7 and 8 in Bali, is certainly growing.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    U.S. Special Envoy Says Restarting Reactor Could Be Serious Move
    James M. Acton September 12, 2013 Al Jazeera

    Satellite images show activity at Yongbyon nuclear complex in North Korea.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Xi's U.S. Visit
    Zhang Chuanjie June 8, 2013 CCTV

    The informal surroundings at Sunnylands enable Xi and Obama to have private and meaningful discussion about critical bilateral and global issues.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Obama Meets Xi: A Chance To Make History
    Douglas H. Paal June 4, 2013 NPR’s Talk of the Nation

    Presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping have the chance to make history when they meet for an informal meeting near Palm Springs, California. The meeting offers a rare chance to make progress on issues ranging from the economy to cybersecurity.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Will North Korea Strike?
    James M. Acton April 16, 2013 CTV News

    North Korea has issued new threats against South Korea and has demanded an apology for protests in the South.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Visits China
    Paul Haenle April 13, 2013 China Radio International

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s first visit to China will likely see a focus on security on the Korean peninsula, the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, and cyber security.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    North Korea Missile Threat
    Douglas H. Paal April 11, 2013 BBC World News

    In China, Kerry needs to focus on the broader context of the U.S.-China strategic relationship and how North Korea will harm this relationship.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Kim Jong Un’s Troubles
    Moisés Naím April 11, 2013 PBS NewsHour

    Kim Jong Un’s challenge is to hold power in a world where democracies seem to be overtaking autocracies.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    North Korea Tensions
    James M. Acton April 4, 2013 CTV News

    Tensions with North Korea are rising as the United States strengthens its missile defense in response to threats.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Warning to North Korea
    James M. Acton April 3, 2013 Al Jazeera

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has used strong words against North Korea after the country threatened to attack the United States.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    North Korea's 'Big' Threat
    Evan A. Feigenbaum March 7, 2013 CNBC

    Proliferation threats from North Korea remain acute given Pyongyang's alliance with rogue states.

  • Event
    Wendy Sherman on Northeast Asia
    Wendy Sherman, William Burns, Douglas H. Paal February 27, 2015 Washington, DC

    Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman spoke about how the United States has worked with partners and allies to build a peaceful and prosperous post-war order in Northeast Asia, and the future of U.S. policy in the region.

  • Event
    Japan’s Northeast Asia Policy Under Abe
    Yasuhiro Izumikawa, Joseph Ferguson, James L. Schoff February 11, 2015 Washington, DC

    During his tenure as Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe has faced particularly challenging foreign policy issues in his own back yard.

  • Event
    Japan-North Korea Rapprochement: Dare to Dream or Doomed to Fail?
    Junya Nishino, Scott Snyder, James L. Schoff October 22, 2014 Washington, DC

    North Korea agreed in May to reopen an investigation into the abductions of Japanese nationals in the 1970s and ‘80s in exchange for sanctions relief from Tokyo. Some thought this step could lead to a breakthrough in Japan-North Korea ties, but there has been little progress.

  • Event
    U.S.–North Korea Nuclear Diplomacy: Lessons Learned and Next Steps
    Duyeon Kim, Sydney Seiler, Robert Gallucci, Victor Cha October 21, 2014 Washington, DC

    In the decades since the Agreed Framework was struck, successive American presidential administrations seem to have exhausted available policy tools in an effort to curtail North Korea’s growing nuclear and missile capabilities.

  • Event
    Asian Poverty: The Untold Story
    Shang-Jin Wei, Vikram Nehru October 9, 2014 Washington, DC

    According to the World Bank’s standard poverty measure, one in five Asians live in extreme poverty. However, a recent Asian Development Bank (ADB) report, asserts that this standard measure does not capture the true extent of extreme poverty in the region.

  • Event
    Nuclear Politics on the Korean Peninsula
    Park Jin, Donald Manzullo, Choi Kang, Lee Chung-min, James L. Schoff, Troy Stangarone, Douglas H. Paal, Duyeon Kim July 28, 2014 Washington, DC

    The evolving security environment around the Korean Peninsula presents new challenges and opportunities for addressing the North Korean nuclear threat.

  • Event
    Toward a Final Settlement of the Iran Nuclear Crisis
    Pang Xun, Alexander Glaser May 29, 2014 Beijing

    The beginning of 2014 has already yielded important developments in nuclear policy circles. Iran and the P5+1 held talks, questions were raised about tensions between Moscow and Western powers, and North Korea threatened a fourth nuclear test.

  • Event
    Strategic Implications of North Korean Nuclear Missiles
    Sugio Takahashi, James L. Schoff March 20, 2014 Washington, DC

    The North Korean nuclear threat is a growing concern in Tokyo and will influence the revision of the U.S.-Japan bilateral defense cooperation guidelines.

  • Event
    What Will 2014 Bring for North Korea’s Nuclear Program?
    James L. Schoff, Toby Dalton, Go Myong-Hyun, Choi Kang, Park Jiyoung, Shin Chang-Hoon, Joel Wit January 24, 2014 Washington, DC

    2013 witnessed new levels of threatening behavior from North Korea and recent perturbations among the North Korean leadership also raise the possibility of greater instability and unpredictability. What will 2014 bring in terms of North Korean nuclear behavior?

  • Event
    Managing China’s Rise
    Nicholas Eberstadt, Eric Edelman, Arvind Subramanian, Michael Swaine, Ashley J. Tellis January 22, 2014 Washington, DC

    The United States must confront the uncomfortable reality that China’s economic and military might may eventually rival or even surpass its own.


Carnegie Experts on North Korea

  • James M. Acton
    Nuclear Policy Program

    Acton is co-director of the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment. A physicist by training, Acton specializes in nonproliferation, deterrence, and disarmament.

  • Toby Dalton
    Nuclear Policy Program

    Dalton is the co-director of the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment. An expert on nonproliferation and nuclear energy, his research focuses on cooperative nuclear security initiatives and the management of nuclear challenges in South Asia and East Asia.

  • Evan A. Feigenbaum
    Nonresident Senior Associate
    Asia Program

    Feigenbaum’s work focuses principally on China and India, geopolitics in Asia, and the role of the United States in East, Central, and South Asia. His previous positions include deputy assistant secretary of state for South Asia, deputy assistant secretary of state for Central Asia, and member of the secretary of state’s policy planning staff with principal responsibility for East Asia and the Pacific.

  • Paul Haenle
    Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy

    Haenle served as the director for China, Taiwan, and Mongolian Affairs on the National Security Council staffs of former president George W. Bush and President Barack Obama prior to joining Carnegie.

  • Duyeon Kim
    Nuclear Policy Program
    Asia Program

    Kim is an expert on nuclear nonproliferation, nuclear security, and Asia.

  • William Norris
    Associate and Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow
    Nuclear Policy Program

    William Norris is a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow and an associate in Carnegie’s Nuclear Policy Program. His research focuses on risks of nuclear escalation, U.S.-China relations, and regional strategic dynamics in East Asia.

  • Douglas H. Paal
    Vice President for Studies

    Paal previously served as vice chairman of JPMorgan Chase International and as unofficial U.S. representative to Taiwan as director of the American Institute in Taiwan.

  • James L. Schoff
    Senior Associate
    Asia Program

    Schoff is a senior associate in the Carnegie Asia Program. His research focuses on U.S.-Japanese relations and regional engagement, Japanese politics and security, and the private sector’s role in Japanese policymaking.

  • Michael Swaine
    Senior Associate
    Asia Program

    Swaine is a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and one of the most prominent American analysts in Chinese security studies.


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