North Korea

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Launch This

Why Barack Obama needs to reset his North Korea policy.

Joel S. Wit |

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Ripe for Rivalry

Has Asia's moment of reckoning finally arrived?

Victor D. Cha |

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Patience Has Not Been a Virtue

Was the Obama administration to blame for North Korea's rocket launch?

Daryl G. Kimball |

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Rocket Backstage

Behind the scenes of North Korea's nuclear deliberations.

Andrea Berger |

Feature

Kim Jong Un's Baby Mama

Ri Sol Ju, North Korea's enigmatic new first lady, is already turning heads and making headlines.

Michael Madden |

Argument

Getting Rebalancing Right

Four key issues that will define President Obama's second-term pivot to Asia.

Michele A. Flournoy |

Amy Zegart

Nate Silver vs. Kim Jong Un

Why we can't figure out what North Korea will do next.

Amy B. Zegart |

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Trouble in Pyongyang

As the United States dithers, an emboldened North Korea is quietly establishing itself as a small nuclear power.

Joel S. Wit |

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Strategic Misdirection

Are the latest U.S. moves on missile defense making it less safe?

Tom Z. Collina |

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Don't Assume Iran Is the Greatest Threat

Five other dangers that deserve our immediate attention.

Daniel Byman |

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Missiles Away!

If you like frantic arms buildups, here's a new Asia policy for you.

Jeffrey Lewis |

Argument

Bucking the Odds in North Korea

Why Kim Jong Un might just dare to be different.

Jay Ulfelder |

Obit Desk

The Strange Life of Reverend Sun Myung Moon

The bizarre tycoon and church leader never lived to see his dream of a reunited Korea.

Isaac Stone Fish |

Argument

Kim Jong Un Is No Reformer

North Korea's new leader studied in Switzerland and has a young, attractive wife. That doesn't mean he's into the whole hope and change thing.

Victor D. Cha |

Argument

North Korea's Extreme Makeover

Pyongyang's new leading man, Kim Jong Un, is all about the lulz. But there's nothing funny about life in the world's most repressive state.

Blaine Harden |

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An Army of Un

Is North Korea's new leader putting the country's powerful military in its place?

Ken E. Gause |

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Cheap at Any Price

At a billion dollars a year, it's a bargain for China to prop up its rogue state next door.

Andrei Lankov |

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The Slick PR Stylings of Kim Jong Un

North Korea's new leader seems to have a thing for "global trends" and Disney. Does that presage Pyongyang's opening to the West?

Isaac Stone Fish |

Interview

Epiphanies from C. Fred Bergsten

The veteran economist and Washington power-player on China, currency wars, and working with Henry Kissinger.

Daniel W. Drezner |

The List

Romney: Year One

What would happen if you took Mitt Romney's foreign-policy promises extremely literally?

Daniel Drezner |

Briefing Book

Are We Focusing on the Wrong Nuclear Threat?

Americans are wringing their hands about the grave threat that a nuclear Iran would pose to the United States. But the numbers tell a different story.

Victor Asal and Bryan Early |

Christian Caryl

The Miracle of Midland

How a West Texas oil town became an unlikely champion of human rights.

Christian Caryl |

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Obama's Jimmy Carter Moment

North Korea's impending nuclear test is just the latest illustration of Barack Obama's weakness and naiveté abroad.

Richard Williamson |

In Box

Smart Sanctions: A Short History

How a blunt diplomatic tool morphed into the precision-guided measures we know today.

Uri Friedman |

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

Norway's mass killer goes on trial, the space shuttle Discovery lands in Washington, and North Korea celebrates the 100th birthday of Kim Il Sung.

Slide Show |

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April Is the Cruelest Month … for China

Beijing's leaders are finding out the hard way that being a superpower isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Sophie Richardson |

The List

Not-So-Great Expectations

For 60 years, North Korean dictators have promised their people prosperity and progress. But even the best of what they can offer amounts to pretty slim pickings.

Adam Cathcart |

Argument

Could North Korea Have Struck It Rich?

Kim Jong Il promised that in 2012, North Koreans would witness a new dawn of prosperity. Here's how it could have been done.

Stephan Haggard |

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

North Korea launches a dud, a fragile cease-fire holds in Syria, and Rick Santorum bows out.

Slide Show |