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  • June 2013
    Vol.8 No.2
    Carrots Before Sticks:
    Positive Engagement with North Korea, Iran and Myanmar
    Letter to Readers
  • Cover Story
    Carrots Before Sticks: Positive Engagement with North Korea, Iran and Myanmar

    When faced with an enemy or adversary, when is it better to charm and befriend, and when to threaten and snarl? The question bedevils leaders who fear to be seen either as weak or as a bully. In the context of North Korea, Iran and Myanmar, however, the world has long seen the shortcomings and often perverse repercussions of policies that stress punishment, sanctions and threats. It is time to take a closer look at the strategic possibilities offered by policies of engagement.

  • The Debate
    Is Political Reconciliation Possible in Malaysia?
  • Features
    • Gongpil Choi
      Japan's Dangerous Gamble: 'Abenomics' and Its Implications

      The Bank of Japan’s decision to pump vast sums of money into the country’s financial system is fraught with risks that could backfire, harming the global economy. By Gongpil Choi

    • Cheol Hee Park
      The Double Life of Shinzo Abe

      Shinzo Abe's early and aggressive moves to boost the economy appeared to work, but another side of Abe re-emerged with force: an ideological, nationalist one that many inside and outside of Japan see as less than beautiful. By Cheol Hee Park

    • Rüdiger Frank
      Rolling Reforms: Reflections on Visits to Kim Jong Un's North Korea

      On visits to North Korea since Kim Jong Un came to power, Rüdiger Frank has seen growing evidence of a more diverse and cash-based economy. By Rüdiger Frank

  • In Focus
    Paths to Peace in Southeast Asia’s Contested Waters
  • Book Reviews
    • Stein Tønnesson
      The Ins and Outs of a Geopolitical Mess

      Regional Disorder: The South China Sea Disputes, is the most authoritative and up-to-date analysis existing of the complex disputes that have marred China's relationship with the ASEAN, the United States, India and Japan. By Stein Tønnesson

    • John Delury
      A Roundup of Recent Titles

      Short reviews of North Korea in Transition: Politics, Economy, and Society, edited by Kyung-Ae Park and Scott Snyder; Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism Is Turning the Internet Against Democracy, by Robert W. McChesney, etc. By John Delury

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