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Who Can Stop North Korea?

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North Korea's claim to have a hydrogen bomb has upped the ante in its game of nuclear poker with  the US and its allies. Sanctions have not deterred Kim Jong-un thus far, so what will?

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  1. The Madness of King Donald
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    The Madness of King Donald

    Dec 4, 2017 Elizabeth Drew reports that Washington, DC, is in a state of near-panic over the US president's mental state.

  2. Trump’s Missing North Korea Strategy
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    Trump’s Missing North Korea Strategy

    Nov 29, 2017 Christopher R. Hill laments that the administration still doesn't seem to have any plan for resolving the nuclear standoff.

  3. The Only Way Forward on North Korea
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    The Only Way Forward on North Korea

    Oct 25, 2017 Carl Bildt thinks a formal agreement to end the Korean War could pave the way for broader diplomatic talks.

  4. The North Korean Cult
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    The North Korean Cult

    Oct 9, 2017 Ian Buruma highlights how the Kim regime's quasi-religious national narrative is fueling the current crisis.

  5. Making Economic Sanctions on North Korea Work
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    Making Economic Sanctions on North Korea Work

    Sep 20, 2017 Yasheng Huang says the key is to bring China – the only country that really matters – fully on board.

  6. A ‘China First’ Strategy for North Korea
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    A ‘China First’ Strategy for North Korea

    Sep 4, 2017 Bill Emmott imagines a scenario in which Chinese military intervention succeeds.

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    Putin’s Brezhnev Moment

    Aryeh Neier draws parallels between the regime’s ongoing crackdown on civil society and late Soviet repression.
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    Utopia or Bust

    J. Bradford DeLong considers our options for both expanding and effectively slicing the proverbial economic pie.
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    Germany’s Reckoning

    Helmut K. Anheier

    Germany is now grappling with a host of difficult questions about its place in the world, the nature of its politics, and its most cherished values. For a pacifist society in a new age of conflict and war, everything must change if things are to remain the same.

    traces the contours of the country's debate, triggered by the Ukraine war, about its strategic future.
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    Preempting a Generative AI Monopoly

    Diane Coyle urges policymakers to take steps to counter the anti-competitive implications of a rapidly emerging market.
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    Japan’s Strategic Imperative

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr. sees the country doubling down on its best option for ensuring national security and regional stability.
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    China’s Savings Conundrum

    Zhang Jun explains why – and how – the country must stimulate household consumption to achieve a robust recovery.
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    The Flight of the Inflation Hawks

    Though the US Federal Reserve’s first interest-rate hike of 2023 is smaller than those that preceded it, policymakers have signaled that more increases are on the way, despite slowing price growth. But there is good reason to doubt the utility – and fear the consequences – of continued rate hikes, on both sides of the Atlantic.

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    How to Transform African Agriculture

    Safia Boly & Omid Kassiri identify four principles that could help governments across the continent boost food security.
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    Making Ukrainian Victory Possible

    Josep Borrell explains why continued military support and other forms of assistance remain critical.

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