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North Korea [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski,

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North Korea has stepped up its nuclear plans with the underground detonation of a hydrogen bomb and tests of its first suspected Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs), moves perceived as a major threat to global security. Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly on 19 September, U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea if the United States is forced to defend itself or its allies against that country. The isolated communist régime of Kim Jong-un has continued its nuclear programme despite repeated rounds of sanctions imposed by the U.N. Security Council and diplomatic efforts to diffuse the conflict.

This note offers links to recent commentaries and reports published by major international think tanks and other organisations on the North Korea crisis.

Time for China to step up in North Korea crisis
Chatham House, September 2017

North Korea: Sanctions and marketization from below
Bruegel, September 2017

North Korea’s nuclear defiance of Trump’s “fire and fury”
Council on Foreign Relations, September 2017

Time to prepare for the worst in North Korea
Center for Strategic and International Studies, September 2017

Destabilizing Northeast Asia: The real impact of North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs
Center for Strategic and International Studies, September 2017

Growth despite sanctions? Revisiting the effect of North Korea sanctions
Korea Institute for International Economic Policy, September 2017

A Strategy for dealing with North Korea
Atlantic Council, September 2017

Pyongyang’s ambitions have nothing to do with Kyiv and everything to do with Moscow
Atlantic Council, September 2017

Can the world live with North Korea’s bomb?
Centre for European Reform, September 2017

Beyond strategic patience with North Korea: What comes next?
Rand Corporation, September 2017

Russia and the North Korean nuclear challenge
Council on Foreign Relations, September 2017

Is it legal for President Trump to order an attack on North Korea?
Peterson Institute for International Economics, September 2017

Despite H-bomb test, negotiate with North Korea, but from a position of strength
Brookings Institution, September 2017

Decision time: North Korea’s nuclear and missile threat and U.S. policy
Brookings Institution, September 2017

North Korea’s military capabilities
Council on Foreign Relations, September 2017

Is it time for hard power in North Korea?
Carnegie Europe, September 2017

North Korea’s nuclear-armed missiles: Options for the US and its allies in the Asia-Pacific
Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, September 2017

U.S. facing unwelcome facts about North Korea nukes
Heritage Foundation, September 2017

North Korea’s nuclear threat Is America’s (not the world’s) problem
Cato Institute, September 2017

How North Korea is ensuring a nuclear arms race in Asia
Hoover Institution, September 2017

États-Unis- Corée du Nord: Il n’y a pas de solution militaire
Institut des relations internationales et stratégiques, September 2017

The march of folly jointly led by Kim Jong-Un And Donald Trump
Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, September 2017

Europe’s options on the side-lines of the North Korea crisis
German Marshall Fund, August 2017

In North Korea standoff, what does Kim Jong-un really want?
Chatham House, August 2017

The secret to North Korea’s ICBM success
International Institute for Strategic Studies, August 2017

Nuclear North Korea: Perpetuating the fiction
European Council on Foreign Relations, August 2017

How worried should we be about a nuclear war with North Korea?
Chatham House, August 2017

North Korea tests Donald Trump
Atlantic Council, August 2017

Understanding North Korea
Rand Corporation, August 2017

How did North Korea get its nuclear capabilities so far so fast?
Rand Corporation, August 2017

Regime change in North Korea: Be careful what you wish for
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, August 2017

Will North Korea and the United States go to war?
Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, August 2017

Can ballistic missile defense shield Guam from North Korea?
Council on Foreign Relations, July 2017

The China–North Korea relationship
Council on Foreign Relations, July 2017

North Korea missile test exposes how Trump has overplayed his hand
Chatham House, July 2017

EU-South Korea security relations: The current state of play
Egmont, May 2017

Korean peninsula: The plot thickens
European Council on Foreign Relations, May 2017

¿Cómo evitar un conflicto militar en la península de Corea?
Real Instituto Elcano, May 2017

China and North Korea: A test case for China’s future international role
European Council on Foreign Relations, March 2017


Read this briefing on ‘North Korea‘ on the Think Tank pages of the European Parliament.

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