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Insight 2009

12 Publications

Our Favorite Topic for Speculation: Succession Scenarios in North Korea

It seems that Kim Jong-il’s health, perhaps North Korea’s most closely guarded secret, is on everyone’s minds these days. Rumors of Kim’s ailments are growing in their level of seriousness, from the stroke that he evidently suffered in August 2008, to diabetes, heart disease, heart failure, and most recently, pancreatic…

Korea’s Green Leadership

As it focused on rapid industrialization and accelerated economic growth, Korea had little leisure to worry about environmentally sustainable growth, with severe consequences: Korea is one of the top ten carbon dioxide emitters, and ranks 51st on the Yale Environmental Performance Index—measuring environmental sustainability in 146 countries. Even though the…

Reading Between the Lines: Clinton’s Trip and the Six Party Talks

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s choice of Asia as the destination for her inaugural tour gave recognition to the significance of U.S. alliances and strategic interests in the region. From February 16–22, Secretary Clinton visited Japan, Indonesia, South Korea and China. Highly publicized, each capital stop had a similar agenda,…

Second Economic Team: Can They Revive an Ailing Economy?

Korea’s economy has been deteriorating more rapidly than previously expected. The nation saw its first negative growth in more than 10 years in the fourth quarter of 2008, and export growth continues to plunge amid the global slowdown. Moody’s Investors recently downgraded its projection for Korea’s growth in 2009 from…

What to Do with North Korea Now? No Answers Yet

What Happened On April 5, North Korea delivered on a North Korean promise. It launched a long range missile, also known as a Taepo-dong 2, a 3-stage rocket, in the direction of Japan. While monitors of the launch attest the rocket traveled for about 13 minutes before plunging into the…

2008’s Final Attempt at a Six Party Solution

Eyes and ears were on Beijing earlier this month, as the chief negotiators from China, North Korea, Russia, Japan, South Korea, and the United States met in Beijing for a round of the Six Party Talks. The agenda of the meeting was aimed at solidifying a protocol to verify North…