North Korea’s fourth nuclear test last month, in addition to its ostensible satellite launch on February 7, reflects Pyongyang’s intentions to disregard international censure of its nuclear ambitions. It further puts in the spotlight the failure of the international community to persuade Pyongyang to desist from continuing its pursuit of nuclear power. While immediate attention is accorded to strengthening sanctions and other countermeasures, the fundamental dilemma of how to solve the Korea problem remains unanswered.
Dr. Niklas Swanström is Director of the Institute for Security and Development Policy, and one of its co-founders. He is a Research Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, and Non-resident Professor at Sichuan University. His main areas of expertise are conflict prevention, conflict management and regional cooperation; Chinese foreign policy and security in Northeast Asia; narcotics trafficking and its effect on regional and national security as well as negotiations.
Dr. Sangsoo Lee is a Research Fellow with the Asia Program and Project Manager of the China and Korea Projects. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Northeast Asian Studies from Peking University. His areas of interest are International Relations, Regional Cooperation and Security issues in Northeast Asia.