On the Inoki Visit to North Korea

Given the amount of public interest in the just-concluded visit of Japanese and American wrestlers to Pyongyang, led by lawmaker (and former wrestling star) Kanji Inoki, I thought I might share a few comments I prepared just as the visit was getting underway. JAPAN-DPRK I think this particular trip is much more about Japan-DPRK relations than some sop to warmer relations with the United States … Continue reading On the Inoki Visit to North Korea

Inter-Korean Sports Diplomacy: Comment in the Washington Post

Adam Taylor runs a key foreign affairs blog for the Washington Post. Today he was kind enough to ask for my views on this story of his about North Korea offering to send cheerleaders to Incheon for the Asian Games. Here is the full text of my response: I do think that [the offer to send a cheerleading squad to the South] ┬áis important and … Continue reading Inter-Korean Sports Diplomacy: Comment in the Washington Post

A Note on North Koreans on the Road

The North Korean women’s soccer team is in Dresden (a couple of hours from my present location) and has beaten the English team 3-0. As the Suddeutscher Zeitung noted a few days ago, although the German government is paying all of the DPRK team’s expenses, and a great deal was made about the cultural exchange benefits of the North Koreans being in Germany, the team … Continue reading A Note on North Koreans on the Road