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Risks of Intelligence Pathologies in South Korea

Asia Report N°259, 5 August 2014

Korean Peninsula

In the shadow of growing North Korean threats, South Korea needs to reform its intelligence apparatus to restore public confidence while enhancing the country’s intelligence capacity.

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Risks of Intelligence Pathologies in South Korea, Asia Report N°259, 5 Aug 2014

In the shadow of growing North Korean threats, South Korea needs to reform its intelligence apparatus to restore public confidence while enhancing the country’s intelligence capacity.

North Korean Succession and the Risks of Instability, Asia Report N°230, 25 Jul 2012

Despite last week’s abrupt shuffle at the top of the military leadership, Kim Jŏng-ŭn appears to be firmly established as the new leader of North Korea, completing a faster and smoother power transition than many experts anticipated.

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Strangers at Home: North Koreans in the South, Asia Report N°208, 14 Jul 2011

As the number of defectors from North Korea arriving in the South has surged in the past decade, reconfiguring integration programs for them has become crucial.

한국어

China and Inter-Korean Clashes in the Yellow Sea, Asia Report N°200, 27 Jan 2011

China is undermining its own security interests by downplaying North Korea’s deadly provocations in the Yellow Sea.

North Korea: The Risks of War in the Yellow Sea, Asia Report N°198, 23 Dec 2010

The sinking of a South Korean naval vessel and artillery attack against a South Korean island highlight that stability on the peninsula is threatened by more than the nuclear issue. A resumption of talks to address maritime delimitation and confidence-building measures – within the context of recalibrated deterrence – are needed to avoid further deterioration towards conflict.

русский

North Korea under Tightening Sanctions, Asia Briefing N°101, 15 Mar 2010

Outwardly, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, North Korea) appears stable. However, the country has been shaken by constricting international sanctions, extremely poor policy choices, and several internal challenges that have the potential to trigger instability.

Shades of Red: China’s Debate over North Korea, Asia Report N°179, 2 Nov 2009

Pyongyang’s latest round of provocations has prompted Beijing to reconsider its North Korea policy.

中文

North Korea’s Nuclear and Missile Programs, Asia Report N°168, 18 Jun 2009

This background report examines what is known about the North Korean nuclear and missile programs in mid-2009.

North Korea’s Chemical and Biological Weapons Programs, Asia Report N°167, 18 Jun 2009

This report examines North Korea’s chemical and biological weapons capabilities in the context of its military doctrine and national objectives.

North Korea: Getting Back to Talks, Asia Report N°169, 18 Jun 2009

The motivations for North Korea’s second nuclear test are, as with many of its actions, mostly impenetrable.

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North Korea: Succession & the Nuclear Program

20 March 2012: When Kim Jong-il died in December 2011, he left the leadership of North Korea to his son, Kim Jong-un. While some observers predicted that the transfer of power would destabilize the regime, the transition has apparently proceeded with no major upsets. Daniel Pinkston, Crisis Group's Deputy Project Director for North East Asia, parses the succession and what it means for regional security and the North's nuclear program.

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