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by / on March 23, 2015 at 8:53 pm / in Asia, Current Issue, World

Seoul Mates

by Independence from Japanese colonial rule was short lived in August, 1945 when a month later the 38th Parallel was drawn between the two Koreas. In the subsequent years, the two Koreas formed two very different social structures, shifting from a time of war to a shaky period of truce. Seventy years have passed since the division of Korea and the Northern regime has now reached its third successor, Kim Jong-Un. Many believed that the…

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by / on March 30, 2015 at 4:23 pm / in Asia, Most Recent Column, World

Unhealed Wounds

by   On Thursday morning, March 5, South Koreans were in consternation at the sight of the bleeding American ambassador, Mark W. Lippert, played and replayed on TV. The attack occurred at a restaurant at the Sejong Center for performing arts, where Lippert was to deliver an address for the breakfast event sponsored by the organization Korean Council for Reconciliation […]

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by / on March 23, 2015 at 8:45 pm / in Asia, Current Issue, World

An Uncomfortable Past

by   Although South Korean president Park Geun-Hye was elected into office as a conservative candidate, she has been taking radical steps in diplomacy. Since 1992, when South Korea established official diplomatic relations with China, all newly inaugurated presidents have visited the United States, Japan, and China in that order; however, President Park flatly ignored this tradition, visiting the U.S. […]

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by / on May 9, 2014 at 8:54 pm / in Uncategorized


by rms procurements are a great barometer for determining a state’s threat perceptions and the “pressure” of its environment. A weapons system provides discrete capabilities and is itself a response or counter to specific threats. In Southeast and East Asia, commentators have focused heavily on a perceived naval arms race. Regional states have started procuring weapon systems with a strong naval focus, with surface ships, submarines,…

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by / on February 4, 2015 at 2:11 pm / in Asia, Current Issue, World

Winds of Change from an Unlikely Place

by   North Korea has time and again abashed its neighbor to the south and other powers in the peninsular region: in 2013, the recalcitrant player followed up on its launching of the long-range rocket Unha-3 in the preceding year with its third nuclear test and then, as if that wasn’t enough, went so far as to issue a public […]

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by / on February 17, 2014 at 9:18 pm / in Ben Rimland, Middle East, Web Columnists, World

The (invisible) Red Line

by   Nearly three years into the devastating civil war which has rocked the Syrian state to its core, few objective facts can be ascertained by the casual observer. Recent peace talks in Geneva have seen government and opposition representatives simply talk past one another, while the pace of killing has actually increased since the beginning of the United Nations […]

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by / on January 28, 2015 at 9:14 pm / in

Jenny Yeji Yoo

Yeji (Jenny) Yoo is a freshman in Columbia College considering Political Science as her major and Business Management as her concentration. Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, all her life, she comes with a unique personal outlook on political structures and affairs within the Northeast Asian region. Yet, having founded and led an indispensible club for foreign students at the international school she graduated from, she harbors a keen intere…

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by / on December 2, 2011 at 3:19 pm / in Most Recent Column, Opinion, World

Me Against the World

by Hajy next to the Mural of Robert Muhammad Wangila on Kibera Drive Serbit Said, called Hajy by all who know him, is a famous face all over Kibera. Hajy lives in Makina, on the same plot of land that his Nubian family settled on several generations ago. Hajy’s home is certainly one of the nicest in Kibera, where Hajy and his father are the landlords to about 30 families. Generally landlords have a notorious reputation for being…

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by / on December 2, 2007 at 5:11 am / in Domestic, Environmental, Issue, Main Menu

Environmental Justice

by In the coming years, will we see environmental preservation as a new approach of state policy directed at preventing and resolving conflict? I think Professor Wangari Maathai answers this question best when she says, “[T]here can be no peace without equitable development; and there can be no development without sustainable management of the environment in a democratic and peaceful space. This shift is an idea whose time has come.” T…

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by / on May 4, 2011 at 4:10 am / in Asia, Domestic, Issue, Main Menu, National Security, World

Goodbye, Farewell and Amen

by The relative peace that has followed the Korean War ended with an explosion in  March of last year, when North Korea torpedoed a South Korean naval ship. Eight months later, the North Korean military shelled a South Korean island on the border, claiming four lives. These attacks prompted discussions of war between the two nations for the first time in almost fifty years, a war that would inevitably involve the 28,000 US soldiers sta…

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