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Learning Lessons from the North Korea Case

Learning Lessons from the North Korea Case

Published On: July 3, 2018

Topic number one at a recent Seoul gathering of North Korea experts and intelligence chiefs from a dozen countries was Kim Jong-un. What does he intend? Has he really made the decision to cash in his nuclear weapons for economic development and a place in global society? Or is this just another play for time, one we have seen so many times before?

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The Special Intelligence Challenges of North Korea

The Special Intelligence Challenges of North Korea

Published On: July 2, 2018

North Korea continues to present a special set of challenges for intelligence. Those challenges will only increase if recent summitry leads to serious conversation about denuclearization. Is Kim Jong-un serious? Might he really be prepared agree to sharp constraints, or even abolition, of his nuclear programs in exchange for diplomatic recognition and economic assistance?

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Slow-Down at the Pentagon: What Would Baldwin Say Today?

Slow-Down at the Pentagon: What Would Baldwin Say Today?

Published On: June 28, 2018

In 1965, distinguished defense journalist Hanson Baldwin lamented that the Armed Force Procurement Regulations, the “bible” for military contractors, less than 125 pages in 1947, was 1,200 pages and growing daily by 1965. He would be both surprised and pleased to find that today’s bible, Defense Department (DoD) Instruction 5000.2 is a reasonable 172 pages. However, the time to execute a contract has risen dramatically, delaying the fielding of new capability. What would Baldwin say about that?

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Senior expert does U-turn on North Korean denuclearization

Senior expert does U-turn on North Korean denuclearization

Published On: June 25, 2018

“I used to say he would never give up nuclear weapons. I take seriously now the argument that [North Korean leader Kim Jong-un] has completed his nuclear program, has got all the mileage he can, and wants to cash in.”

Greg Treverton, SMA Executive Advisor, and Professor of the Practice of International Relations at the University of Southern California, spoke at a conference hosted by the East Asian Foundation in Seoul, Korea, on Friday.

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