The Coronavirus and its Likely Impact on North Korea

In this paper, Dr. Cho explains how the COVID-19 is likely to impact North Korea’s domestic politics and foreign policy behavior by examining the official statements, and foreign policies of North Korea observed in 2020.

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“I argue that there is a higher likelihood of the coronavirus outbreak in North Korea than otherwise. The epidemic does not seem to pose an immediate threat to Kim Jong-un in the short term. Still, he is most likely to be concerned about the outbreak’s secondary effects on the economy and regime legitimacy in the medium term.”

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Date: 2020/05/01

Plagues, Pandemics, and Global Political Change in a Historical Context

Researchers believe that the Athenian Plague might have originated in Ethiopia made its way through the Port of Piraeus, which was a primary source for food and supplies to Athens. The Spartans burned the fields around the city walls within which the Athenian population was sheltering, hence Athens had to depend on sea routes for its food supply opening up a channel for the plague contagion. Collapse of the Greek city state system was trigged by war and the plague, which ravaged the region and it caused famine and drought, and reset the political balance in the Mediterranean by ultimately elevating the Spartans to power.

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Date: 2020/04/14

Can the Pacific Island Games be a Positive Influence to Bring Pacific Island Nations Together to Affect Positive Change Regionally?

Key Points

  • Personal relationships centered on mutual respect and compassion are key to engagement within the Pacific Island Nations.
  • It is possible to unify people in the achievement of a common goal while still respecting a nations individual culture, customs, and sovereignty.
  • The unique culture of the Pacific Island Nations provides a blueprint for others to engage productively on highly sensitive issues.
  • Sports and competition are the modern day expression of the Pacific Islander’s Warrior culture.
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Date: 2020/04/02

North Korea as a land of cooperation between America and China

Key Points:

  • North Korea’s problems can provide an opportunity for security cooperation between the two great powers in the midst of strategic competition.
  • Many security experts in the West tend to agree that there are four flashpoints where the United States and China may conflict militarily, which are the South China Sea, East China Sea, Taiwan Strait, and the Korean Peninsula.
  • Chinese analysts do not agree on where a massive military conflict is most likely to occur between the United States and China.
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Date: 2020/03/27

Definitions in crisis management and crisis leadership

Key Points

  • The term “leader” or “leadership” have taken on many symbols and definitions throughout history.
  • Several descriptions of what makes for effective leadership have gained more favor than others. Among the more widely accepted factors are traits, behavior, information processing, relationships and follower perceptions (Kets de Vries, 2004).
  • In this paper, we examine two types of organizations; those in normal-mode that predominantly pursue a linear path, and those in crisis-ready-mode that experience a greater degree of non-linear events.
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Date: 2020/01/24

Terrorism in the Indo-Pacific: The Year Gone by and the Road Ahead

Key Points

  • Significant developments of 2019 included attacks in Pulwama, Kashmir; Christchurch, New Zealand; the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka; and shootings in El Paso and at Naval Air Station Pensacola in the United States.
  • Progress continues to be made in counter-terrorism (CT). In 2019, the number of attacks in the region continued to decline; numerous terrorist leaders were eliminated; international cooperation advanced; and several countries invested in ‘soft’ CT, including reintegration programs and negotiations.
  • Looking ahead, terrorism may reignite in reaction to sensitive political issues in the region, including rising Hindu nationalism in India; China’s policies in Xinjiang; and the Rohingya issue in Myanmar and Bangladesh.
  • Other notable concerns for the future include foreign fighters; ‘home-grown’ cells and lone-actors; growing right-wing terrorism; terrorist activities in cyberspace; and potential attacks involving chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) materials.
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Date: 2020/01/24

Complex Security Environments, Strategic Foresight and Transnational Security Cooperation Games

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Date: 2018/09/14

Effects of Climate Change on Volcanic Emissions and Health Security in Hawaii by 2050

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Date: 2017/08/25

The Integration of International Migrants into Western Society

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Date: 2017/05/18

Japan’s 2010 National Defense Program Guidelines: Coping with the “Grey Zones”

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Date: 2011/04/01