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Perspectives on the North Korea Crisis

Aug. 10, 2017 What happens in North Korea implicates all of East Asia.

What happens in North Korea implicates all of East Asia. The United States may be the arbiter of the coming confrontation – so vested is it in the balance of power of the region, so threatened is it by the existence of a rogue nuclear weapons program, and so uniquely suited is it to do something about it. But it’s a confrontation in which Japan, China, South Korea and even Russia all have interests, so each is trying to shape the outcome to its benefit.

The way they will do so has little to do with ideology. After all, the conflict in No...

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