North Korea

U.S. President Donald Trump, right and South Korean President Moon Jae-in

Trump’s Penny-Pinching Dooms His Korean Diplomacy

The U.S. president stumbled into rare success with Pyongyang. Now he’s screwing it up.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the Joint Security Area of the Demilitarized Zone separating the two Koreas on June 30.

Desperate to Save Diplomacy, White House Blocks U.N. Meeting on North Korean Atrocities

As tensions rise between Washington and Pyongyang, Trump tries to avert a complete breakdown in relations.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks at the May Day Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Sept. 19, 2018.

Kim Jong Un’s Warning for Trump

With a deadline for restarting nuclear talks looming, North Korea ups the ante on the United States.

A woman walks past a television showing file footage of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watching a missile launch, in Seoul on July 31.

New U.S. Missiles in Asia Could Increase the North Korean Nuclear Threat

After withdrawing from the INF Treaty, U.S. officials have been worrying about Beijing, but as Washington starts to deploy previously banned missiles in the Pacific, the real risk will come from Pyongyang.

U.S. President Donald Trump Meets North Korean leader Kim Jung Un

Trump Is More Vulnerable Than Ever to Kim Jong Un’s Nuclear Extortion

Trump’s growing impulsiveness and unilateral decision-making may signal to Kim that he can get precisely what he wants.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani speaks as U.S. President Donald Trump listens before a meeting at the Palace Hotel during the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in New York on Sept. 21, 2017.

What the United States Gets Wrong About Peace Talks

Even when the country wants a deal, at least four largely psychological impediments get in the way.

People watch a TV showing a file image of a North Korean missile launch at the Seoul Station in Seoul on Oct. 2.

North Korean Missiles Just Keep Getting Better 

Pyongyang is using a diplomatic impasse to improve its weapons technology.

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Coming Sept. 23: And Now the Hard Part

Foreign Policy and the Brookings Institution are teaming up for a new podcast focused on practical solutions to the biggest challenges facing the world today.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G-7 summit in Biarritz, France, on Aug. 25.

Asia’s Coming Era of Unpredictability

Why the crisis in Hong Kong and a deterioration in relations between South Korea and Japan are just the beginning of a broader period of flux in Asia.

Two men sit holding North Korean and Chinese flags near Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang on June 20, as Chinese President Xi Jinping visits the country.

Pyongyang Is Playing Washington Against Beijing

China is finding it harder and harder to steer its troublesome ally.

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speak during a press conference at the Parliament of New South Wales in Sydney on Aug. 4.

Pacific Tour Tests New Pentagon Chief

Mark Esper sets out to persuade U.S. allies in Asia that the United States has their back.

A woman and a girl chat next to a television news screen showing an image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un looking at the test-fire of a new multiple rocket launcher, at a railway station in Seoul on Aug. 1.

North Korean Missile Dismissed as ‘Standard’ by Trump Threatens U.S. Military

Defense experts fear Pyongyang has developed a new rocket that can penetrate U.S. defenses.

U.S. President Donald Trump waits at the line of demarcation for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the Demilitarized Zone on June 30.

The Case for Humanitarian Aid to North Korea

It won’t bring the regime in from the cold, but it will save lives.

South Korean officials enter the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry in Tokyo to hold talks with their Japanese counterparts on July 12.

Why Are Japan and South Korea at Each Other’s Throats?

A trade dispute has widened into a full-blown relationship crisis—and the shadow of World War II hangs over it all.

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Books in Brief

Reviews of the latest releases on mosquitoes, the Islamic State, and Kim Jong Un.

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping before a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, on June 29.

In Japan and South Korea, Trump Boxed Himself In

The United States is not making progress in its trade war with China or in nuclear talks with North Korea.

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