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Full Comment on Women Across the DMZ March

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American Foreign Policy / history and memory / North Korea / US-North Korea relations / War Crimes / 新闻自由
Coleen Baik image from Pyongyang, 22 May 2015

As observers of current events on the Korean peninsula will be aware, a group of peace activists is presently in North Korea and will be crossing the DMZ tomorrow, from Kaesong, into the South. Their efforts have been the focus of much conversation.  I was asked to share my views with the Christian Science Monitor, which yesterday published a short extract from the following remarks. 1. Do you see this event having any potential to spark meaningful […]

Atrocities, Insults, and “Jeep Girls”: Depictions of the U.S. Military in China, 1945-1949

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American Foreign Policy / Chinese communist party / Chinese nationalism / Cultural Politics / My Publications / Propaganda / U.S.-China Relations / US occupation of Japan / World War II
US Soldier w Chinese Prostitute 1940s via Pinterest

Controversy continues to surround various military occupations in East Asia in the 20th century. Specifically, the connection between military occupation and sex work carried out by women the occupied countries remains highly fraught. While the Japanese occupations of Korea and China have sparked the most fervent and intractable of the debates, a great deal of scholarship has been produced about East Asian societies which provided American soldiers with sex. The scholarly silence surrounding these power imbalances […]

“Spit at the American Gentlemen” : North Korean State Media Rolls Out the Welcome Mat for Google

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American Foreign Policy / Cultural Politics / Huanqiu Shibao / North Korea / Pensee / Soft Power / US-North Korea relations / 新闻自由

A short article released on January 10 in Pyongyang was fairly enervating, though no news media outlet seems to have picked it up yet. Nor, as Daniel Pinkston has pointed out already, has any Western media picked up on any of Pyongyang’s bellicose statements before, during, or after the Google visit. That’s an awfully odd way to report (or, more accurately, not report) on a country. Near the end of this Rodong Sinmun attack on US gun culture wherein modern things like skyscrapers […]

North Korea, the Obama Trip, and China’s Dilemmas

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American Foreign Policy / Chinese communist party / Cultural Politics

AFP has a very worthwhile article which describes the very explicit diplomatic strategy being discussed on President Obama’s Air Force One en route to Southeast Asia: “We’ve had a dialogue with the Burmese government about the need to reduce their relationship with North Korea,” Ben Rhodes, a US deputy national security advisor said on Air Force One as Obama flew to Asia. “We’ve seen them take some positive steps in that direction. And what we’d […]

Regarding an American “Objectivist Foreign Policy”: Rand, Romney, Feigenbaum, Huntsman, and US-China Relations

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American Foreign Policy / China / U.S.-China Relations

In the aftermath of events in Benghazi (the background of which Professor Juan Cole pins down like a butterfly, and the interpretation of which is covered ably by Diplopundit), and considering the rise of a certain strand of Objectivism in Republican foreign policy, Jordan Bloom’s extensive essay on Ayn Rand and imperialism merits more than a glance. Given all the 1979 references floating around, a discussion between none other than Phil Donahue and Ayn Rand […]

“Smart Power” : A Legitimate Arm of American Foreign Policy, or Just Gratuitous Tweeting?

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American Foreign Policy / Cultural Politics / Public Diplomacy / U.S.-China Relations / US Department of State

When it comes to China, there ever exists a need for greater discussion of internet freedom and freedom of information more generally.  To the extent that the United States and its Western European counterparts can promote such discussions in China, they should, because there is clearly some traction in Chinese civil society for greater openness of expression. Before Jon Huntsman bore the brunt of netizen scorn for appearing to endorse the idea that a hundred […]

How Revolution in Syria Could Serve as a North Korean Tipping Point: Huanqiu Shibao

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American Foreign Policy / Huanqiu Shibao / Sino-North Korean relations

Today’s essential reading springs from the keyboard of Stephan Haggard, whose essay on China’s relations with North Korea pulls apart some very important threads in Northeast Asia and over the Sino-North Korean frontier. One of the things that struck me in Chengdu as I watched Kim Jong Il’s funeral on Chinese television (an experience I described in an article for Foreign Policy) was how often the news of an orderly, China-backed transition of power in […]