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Strife Interview – Antonio Moscatello on “Megumi”

May 17, 2018

    Antonio Moscatello is an Italian journalist who graduated in Japanese language and translated many texts from Japanese. He became a professional journalist in 2001 and worked as foreign correspondent in Tokyo, Iraq, and Budapest. In 2012 he investigated North-Korean kidnappings, which is also the theme of “Megumi”, his latest book. Strife’s Editor Andrea … Continue reading “Strife Interview – Antonio Moscatello on “Megumi””


Sino-North Korean relationship: a rivalry in brewing?

March 29, 2018

By Yiming Yu   Interactions between China and North Korea always attract attention, particularly in the time of crisis. When Song Tao, a senior Chinese diplomat, visited the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in November 2017, to inform the outcome of Communist Party’s 19th Congress, the reports on this visit raised many observers’ eyebrows … Continue reading “Sino-North Korean relationship: a rivalry in brewing?”


Kim Jong-un’s Winter Charm Offensive: Another Attempt of Duping Seoul

March 14, 2018

By Davis Florick   While North Korea’s participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics and its recent government-to-government meeting with South Korean officials are both positive developments, no one should forget that Pyongyang has a long history of attempting to manipulate Seoul. On three occasions, the Kim regime pursued extensive engagement with South Korea. North Korea’s … Continue reading “Kim Jong-un’s Winter Charm Offensive: Another Attempt of Duping Seoul”


Strife Series on National Perspectives in North-East Asian Rivalries, Part IV – Pyongyang: The View From Beijing

January 29, 2018

  By Riccardo Cociani There is nothing easy regarding Beijing’s strategic calculus about North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, DPRK). China’s difficult relationship with the DPRK rests upon balancing its vital interests: first, peace and stability on the Korean peninsula; second, its denuclearization; third, the preservation of its influential relationship with DPRK; fourth, crisis-prevention[1]. … Continue reading “Strife Series on National Perspectives in North-East Asian Rivalries, Part IV – Pyongyang: The View From Beijing”


Strife Series on National Perspectives in North-East Asian Rivalries, Part I – The view from Pyongyang

January 19, 2018

By Ashley Ryan     The view from Pyongyang is fundamentally different than that of the West. Pyongyang has not only a more monolithic perspective than that of London or Washington (the natural consequence of any dictatorship), it is a culturally and qualitatively dissimilar viewpoint. In order to analyse the outlook of the Democratic People’s Republic … Continue reading “Strife Series on National Perspectives in North-East Asian Rivalries, Part I – The view from Pyongyang”


Strife Series on National Perspectives in North-East Asian Rivalries, Introduction – One Region, Different Standpoints

January 18, 2018

By Andrea Fischetti   Northeast Asia is a region of crucial importance, from a strategic and economic point of view.   East Asia is home to one fifth of the world’s population, and some of the global economic powerhouses. In particular, the second and third world largest economies, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and … Continue reading “Strife Series on National Perspectives in North-East Asian Rivalries, Introduction – One Region, Different Standpoints”


Trump’s pledge to “totally destroy” North Korea – a threat too far?

October 20, 2017

By Toby Fenton   In his speech at the UN General Assembly in September, US President Donald Trump declared that “North Korea’s reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of human life.” Laying out the proposed US response to this threat, Trump made his position clear: while … Continue reading “Trump’s pledge to “totally destroy” North Korea – a threat too far?”


Japan’s Role in the North Korean crisis will remain a marginal one

October 9, 2017

By Andrea Fischetti   The latest missile test conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on September 15 was the second in a row to directly involve Japan. The Korean intermediate range missile flew over the land of the rising sun for the second time in two weeks, and these tests undoubtedly pose … Continue reading “Japan’s Role in the North Korean crisis will remain a marginal one”


Military Exercises And The Necessity Of Practice

June 22, 2017

By Davis Florick As the North Korean crisis mounts, the utility of the joint military exercises in the region involving South Korea and the United States (US) has come under increasing scrutiny. Beijing has gone so far as to propose that Pyongyang could suspend its nuclear and missile activities in exchange for a moratorium on … Continue reading “Military Exercises And The Necessity Of Practice”


Reforming China’s Refoulement Policy towards North Korea

December 4, 2016

By: Davis Florick The Chinese government’s policy concerning North Korean refugees represents a serious blight on human security and welfare. Through its ‘refoulement programme’, Beijing has expressed its willingness to send North Korean refugees back to Pyongyang. However, there are five key reasons as to why Xi Jinping’s administration should reconsider this policy. Firstly, evidence … Continue reading “Reforming China’s Refoulement Policy towards North Korea”


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