NATO has always been a collective defence organization, aimed at repelling an external threat to Alliance members. However, ever since the Harmel Report of 1967, and certainly since the end of the Cold War, NATO’s purview has widened to include a much more prominent diplomatic role, related to a much broader understanding of what constitutes a security concern, without compromising its original mission. Changsung Lee considers whether this latter-day understanding of NATO’s purpose might serve as a template for a future multilateral security structure in Northeast Asia that could facilitate a rules-based order in that region, and perhaps help catalyze the reunification of the Korean Peninsula.
In this interview, North Korean refugee Alice Kim tells Buzz Lanthier-Rogers about her family’s escape from North Korea, the discrimination she has faced in South Korea, and her thoughts on recent events.
It has been over two weeks since the Singapore summit ended. Overall, the assessment of the Singapore Summit is negative. In particular, the US media and experts who disbelieve North Korea suggest that it amounted to North Korea’s victory and America’s defeat. But is it true that the Singapore talks were really a failed meeting? […]
With the ascendance of Vladimir Putin as president, Russia and North Korea have substantially resurrected their Soviet-era relationship, with both countries realizing the mutually beneficial economic and political potential. Russia, unlike the United States and the Soviet Union, does not have global ambitions such as export of an ideology but possesses a strong interest in […]
In this series of podcast interviews, Yun Sik (James) Hwang interviews His Excellency Maeng-ho Shin, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Canada, about his personal experience as a diplomat, Canada-South Korea relations, and South Korea’s foreign policy on North Korea.
Looking back, the thought of a North Korean nuclear warhead being in reach of Guam, let alone the continental United States, was far-fetched and easily dismissible. But now, more than ever, Pyongyang’s threat of engulfing Washington, D.C. in a “sea of fire” is a legitimate prospect. The U.S. and her allies, having made no real […]
The 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin did not stop Adolf Hitler and the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics is no exception for Kim Jong-un.