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Security Cooperation in Northeast Asia: The North Korean Nuclear Issue and the Way Ahead

by Jae H. Ku, PhD
North Korea conducted its fifth and most powerful nuclear test in September 2016. It is also making significant progress on its delivery systems, rapidly expanding its stockpile of fissile materials, and steadily improving on its nuclear weapon designs. There is ...

The Future of North Korean Nuclear Delivery Systems

by Henry Kan and John Schilling
Pyongyang’s inventory of delivery systems is a key factor in considering North Korea’s nuclear future. While its current inventory is well developed, although limited to old Soviet technology only able to reach regional targets, North Korea has bigger ambitions and ...

Positive Economic Inducements in Future Nuclear Negotiations with North Korea

by Bradley Babson
Any future negotiations with North Korea will need to consider the role of economic incentives and rewards for making progress in meeting US goals of reducing Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons capabilities and risk of proliferation. This will require shaping a nuanced ...

Implications for US Extended Deterrence and Assurance in East Asia

by Shane Smith
North Korea’s burgeoning nuclear program is placing greater demands on US extended deterrence and also raising questions in Seoul and Tokyo about the robustness of US commitments. These challenges are likely to grow over the coming years, as North Korea ...

Tumen Triangle Tribulations: The Unfulfilled Promise of Chinese, Russian and North Korean Cooperation

by Andray Abrahamian
The Tumen Triangle region-where North Korea, China and Russia meet-is, in many ways, the story of regional integration being held back by the political concerns of Pyongyang, Beijing and Moscow. There are long-term forces at work here, such as Moscow’s ...

The Future Impact of North Korea’s Emerging Nuclear Deterrent on Nuclear Nonproliferation

by Leonard Spector
The emergence of North Korea’s nuclear deterrent has been a grievous blow to international nonproliferation efforts and poses serious national security challenges for the United States and its Northeast Asian allies. It is by no means clear, however, that the ...