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  • June 2009
    Vol.4 No.2
    Nukes, Succession Politics and the Future of North Korea:
    Trying Times for Security on the Korean Peninsula
    Letter to Readers
  • Cover Story
    Nukes, Succession Politics and the Future of North Korea: Trying Times for Security on the Korean Peninsula

    The dangers present on the Korean Peninsula are clear for all to see. For anyone in doubt, North Korea’s May 25th nuclear test put that to rest. What is less clear is how the nuclear issue, succession polititcs and other uncertainties will play out.

  • Features
    • Myung Hwan Yu
      Forging Deeper Ties: The ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit

      Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea Yu Myung-hwan outlines how the summit could prove to be a milestone in ushering in a new era of even stronger cooperation between Korea and ASEAN.

    • David Lague
      Dangerous Waters: Playing Cat and Mouse in the South China Sea

      Less than two months after US President Barack Obama took office, China and the US found themselves embroiled in a dispute over a US spy ship in the waters off China's southern coast.

    • Ahmed Rashid
      Pakistan on the Brink

      After initially seeking an accommodation with the Taliban in the Swat Valley, the Pakistani government is now trying to defeat the Taliban militarily.

    • Mikyoung Kim
      Waiting for Japan's Barack Obama

      Japan has long prided itself on its homogenous society. But with the country's population set to plunge in the years ahead, the demand for foreign workers and a more open immigration policy will test the country's cultural insularity.

    • Shawn W. Crispin
      Dueling Elites: Thailand's Political Standoff

      Since a military coup toppled the government of Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in 2006, the country, which has since returned to democratic rule, has been plagued by increasingly strident political conflict.

    • Samir Pradhan
      Asia's Booming Ties with the Gulf

      Asia and the countries of the Gulf are a match made in heaven: the former accounts for the bulk of the world's growth in oil demand, while the latter dominates world oil exports. But the links between the two regions go much deeper than oil.

    • Myong-sook Han
      Death of a President: In Memory of Roh Moo-hyun

      Former South Korean Prime Minister Myong-sook Han's eulogy at the funeral on May 29 of former President Roh Moo-hyun, who leapt to his death from a cliff in his hometown village of Bonghwa, plunging the nation and the world into shock.

  • Book Reviews
    • Hans Schattle
      Bringing the World to the Rising Sun

      Japan’s Open Future: An Agenda for Global Citizenship: The authors cast global citizenship as an aspiration for Japan's future.

    • Charles Patterson
      Gods and Dogs

      The mass killing of stray dogs in Bangalore in early 2007 shocked and horrified the veteran Indian journalist Hiranmay Karlekar. He turned it into a mirror of human aggression.

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