North Korea

Turning It Up to Eleven: Belligerent Rhetoric in North Korea’s Propaganda

Author: Dr Mason Richey After contextualizing North Korea’s capacity for belligerent rhetoric directed toward the United States and its northeast Asian allies, the author examines the contention that rhetoric from Pyongyang represents a conflict escalation risk or even a casus belli. The results of statistical tests indicate a negative correlation between Pyongyang’s rhetoric and international …

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U.S.-China Competition: Asia-Pacific Land Force Implications – A U.S. Army War College Integrated Research Project in Support of U.S. Army Pacific Command and Headquarters, Department of the Army, Directorate of Strategy and Policy (HQDA G-35)

Author: Prof William G Braun III, Dr David Lai The context of the Asia-Pacific rivalry between the United States and China has evolved over the last 5 or 6 decades. Issues associated with territorial dispute resolution, response to a bellicose nuclear-armed North Korea, and partner concerns over China’s increasingly assertive foreign policy now challenge the …

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Underestimated: Our Not So Peaceful Nuclear Future

Author: Mr Henry D Sokolski With the world focused on the nuclear crisis in Iran, it is tempting to think that addressing this case, North Korea, and the problem of nuclear terrorism is all that matters and is what matters most. Perhaps, but if states become more willing to use their nuclear weapons to achieve …

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Planning for a Peaceful Korea

Author: Mr Henry D Sokolski With the change of administrations in Washington, current U.S. policy toward North Korea will naturally undergo review and scrutiny. The essays in this volume offer an option to the current engagement approach. The authors suggest an alternative strategy for promoting peace and security in the Korean peninsula different from the …

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East Asia in Crisis: The Security Implications of the Collapse of Economic Institutions

Author: Dr Stephen J Blank The challenges to the United States and to its armed forces are numerous and highly significant. Moreover, we must begin to address them now even if other institutions cannot or will not do so with us. Those crises comprise ASEAN’s decline as a meaningful security provider, Russia’s collapse, Japan’s stagnation, …

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The Invitation to Struggle: Executive and Legislative Competition over the U.S. Military Presence on the Korean Peninsula

Author: Dr William E Berry Jr This monograph was presented originally at the International Workshop on the U.S.-ROK Alliance held in Seoul, Korea, in October 1995. The Strategic Studies Institute co-hosted this workshop in collaboration with the Institute for Far Eastern Studies of Kyungnam University and in partnership with The Korea Society and the Defense …

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International Politics in Northeast Asia: The China-Japan-United States Strategic Triangle

Author: Dr Thomas L Wilborn The United States has vital security and economic interests in Northeast Asia, one of the most dynamic regions of the world. This monograph focuses on the three bilateral relationships, those connecting China, Japan, and the United States to each other, which will dominate the future of the region. Dr. Thomas …

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Strategic Implications of the U.S.-DPRK Framework Agreement

Author: Dr Thomas L Wilborn The United States and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) signed an unprecedented framework agreement in October 1994 to halt the latter’s nuclear weapons program, establish low-level diplomatic contacts between Washington and Pyongyang, and reduce tensions on the Korean peninsula. In this study, the author argues that it also …

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Responding to Terrorism across the Technological Spectrum

Author: Dr Bruce Hoffman In April 1994, the Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute held its annual Strategy Conference. This year’s theme was “The Revolution in Military Affairs: Defining an Army for the 21st Century.” Dr. Bruce Hoffman presented this paper as part of a panel examining “New Technologies and New Threats.” Terrorism, of course, …

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The New Russia in the New Asia

Author: Dr Stephen J Blank This monograph offers an account of the current struggle inside Russia over Asian policy and of the direction of that struggle. The author describes the dominant Russian viewpoints on policy in Asia. Current proponents of an Asian policy based primarily upon military considerations seem to hold sway. Advocates of this …

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World View: The 1994 Strategic Assessment from the Strategic Studies Institute

Author: Dr Steven Metz, Dr Earl H Tilford Jr Every year the analysts at the Strategic Studies Institute prepare current strategic assessments for their particular areas of interest. These assessments are the bedrock of the annual SSI Study Program. This year’s assessments seem especially crucial as the strategic situation throughout the world is far more …

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