Shaquille James

Author: Shaquille James

Negotiations, Engagement, and the Dangers of Allowing North Korea’s Nuclear Blackmail Experiment to Succeed

North Korean affairs have reached a fever pitch in the past several months. After several tests of medium range and intercontinental missile technology as well what appears to be a hydrogen bomb test, North Korea seems closer than ever to developing a missile system that can put major US cities within range of a nuclear strike, thus creating a reliable… Read more →

Cambodia – A Historical Precedent for North Korea?

North Korea is truly an enigma of the modern world. From its closed political and social system to the brutal and decades-old oppression of its people, one struggles to find a country of similar function and standing today. Indeed, North Korea has little to no parallel in the contemporary world – but that’s weren’t always this way. A quick survey… Read more →

Regime Change in North Korea: Fundamental Understandings and Endgame

April, 2016: Once more, North Korea finds itself in the international news cycle with threats of thermonuclear obliteration. Once more, experts, scholars, and enthusiasts alike muse about the anomaly that is the North Korean state and the circumstances that surround it. Inevitably, the discussion turns to the question of the endgame: how the North Korea situation could – or should… Read more →

COI Anniversary Conference: New Details, Same Problem

No doubt, the conference celebrating the one year anniversary of the UN COI Report was a valuable “state of affairs” gathering in terms of understanding the turbulent events of the past year. I do believe that I can say with confidence that any individuals who watched or attended the anniversary conference, hosted by CSIS, can scarcely argue that there was… Read more →

UN Security Council Adds North Korean Human Rights to Agenda

By a vote of 11 in favor, 2 against, and 2 abstentions, the Security Council voted to permanently add the issue of North Korean Human Rights to its agenda…so what have we learned? The vote and ensuing discussion made clear the divide on the issue. The Human Rights situation in North Korea, as detailed in COI released earlier this year,… Read more →