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Taehwa Hong

MPhil candidate in Politics and International Studies
University of Cambridge

Taehwa Hong is a MPhil candidate in Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge. His research focuses on Indo-Pacific security and the US-China competition. He is a regular contributor to Joongang-Ilbo and Monthly Chosun in Korea, and his writings have appeared in publications such as Foreign Policy, The Business Times, NK News, and YaleGlobal. Hong has a BA in International Relations from Stanford University.

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KEI’S SPECIAL PROJECT ON THE SOUTH KOREAN NUCLEAR ARMAMENT DEBATE South Korea’s nuclear armament debate received renewed attention in 2023. But, this issue is one that has animated Korean politics,…

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Region: Asia

This piece is one of 12 contributions to KEI’s special project on South Korea’s nuclear armament debate that will run on The Peninsula blog over the next month. The project’s contributors include young, emerging, and mid-career voices, examining the debate from a historical, a domestic, and an international perspective. On Wednesday, March 15, KEI will host…

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March 9, 2023

By Taehwa Hong For a cold-hearted dictator who killed his half-brother and uncle, Kim Jong-un looked incredibly composed and suave. The 4.27 meeting between President Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un was imbued with joy and relief. Despite North Korea’s record of walking back on every promise it made, there are good reasons to be optimistic…

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Region: Asia

May 8, 2018

By Taehwa Hong The mainstream view of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program holds that it is the regime’s ticket to survival; Pyongyang’s nuclear stockpiles serve as a deterrence against American military intervention. Having seen Muammar Qaddafi and Saddam Hussein fall after giving up their nuclear programs, the Kim regime is unlikely to forgo its’ strongest…

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Region: Asia

April 16, 2018