Opinion no. 27: A desperate attempt to break diplomatic isolation: Kim Jong Un’s first official visit will be to Moscow


“Kim Jong Un might be ready this year to come out of his cave a bit”[1], affirmed the North Korea expert John Delury[2], cited by The Washington Post, on January 14, 2015. After three years of almost complete diplomatic isolation, North Korea’s leader decided to stage his first official visit to Moscow, by accepting the […]

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Opinion No.23: New perspectives for a Korean dialogue – some ups and downs

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On January 1st, 2015, BBC News cited from the New Year’s speech of Kim Yong-Un as the North Korean leader “has offered to hold talks at the highest level with South Korea” and “if Pyongyang’s conditions were met, he would even be prepared to hold a summit meeting with South Korean President Park Geun-hye”[1]. This […]

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Opinion no. 21: North Korea’s cyber warfare and U.S. sanctions

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“On Friday [January 2, 2015], the White House announced a new round of sanctions on North Korea, but Senator Robert Menendez is demanding a stronger response.”[1], New Republic stated on January 6, 2015. Bloomberg added on January 2, “Senator Robert Menendez, the outgoing chairman and top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called the […]

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Opinion No.19: Southeast Asia is seeking a new regional stability through balancing trends


In August 2014, the analysts from The Economist predicted the year 2021 will be “the year of China’s re-emergence as world’s biggest economy”[1], “when China’s economy will overtake America’s”[2]. They even created an algorithm calculator that uses real GDP growth, inflation and monetary appreciation data in order to generate forecasts regarding the evolution of US […]

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Opinion No.17: Some brief comments on the recent elections in Japan


“Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s coalition cruised to a big election win on Sunday [December 124], ensuring he will stick to reflationary economic policies and a muscular security stance”, Reuters reported, late in the evening, on December 14. The same open source also reported „NHK public TV said Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party and junior partner […]

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