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In the News

Sep 29, 2021

Manning in Voice of America Korea: North Korea missile test intended to force concessions

By Atlantic Council

On September 29, Robert Manning was interviewed in VOA, providing his insights on the recent North Korean short-range ballistic missile test. Manning described the test as a typical political gambit designed to create a mini crisis, designed to force concessions from the Biden administration. More about our expert

Korea Korean

In the News

Sep 28, 2021

Manning on TRT World Now: North Korean missile test “not a coincidence”

By Atlantic Council

On September 28, Robert Manning was interviewed on TRT World about the most recent North Korean missile test. Manning described the missile test as a clear attempt to gain concessions from the Biden administration. Manning argued that North Korea is aiming to place preconditions on any dialogue with the United States. The Biden administration has […]

Indo-Pacific Korea

In the News

Sep 24, 2021

Manning in Voice of America Korea: Experts react to President Biden’s comments about North Korea at the UN

By Atlantic Council

On September 24, Robert Manning was quoted in Voice of America, remarking on the content of President Biden’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly related to North Korea. Manning disagreed with criticisms that US policy towards North Korea is too “vague” and argued that the United States is under no obligation to provide further […]

Korea Korean

Issue Brief

Sep 23, 2021

The special role of US nuclear weapons

By Matthew Kroenig

The United States needs to maintain a robust, flexible, and modernized nuclear deterrent. That means that United States needs to continue with nuclear modernization, reject a no first use (NFU) policy, and examine further nuclear capabilities.

China Defense Policy


Sep 17, 2021

Beyond the peninsula: Prospects for US-ROK regional cooperation in the Indo-Pacific

By Miyeon Oh

This report assesses the prospects of US-ROK regional cooperation in the Indo-Pacific under South Korea's New Southern Policy (NSP) and US Indo-Pacific strategy, providing recommendations for policymakers in Washington and Seoul on enhancing US-ROK economic engagement outside of the Korean peninsula.

Digital Policy East Asia

Fast Thinking

Sep 15, 2021

FAST THINKING: Missiles are flying again on the Korean peninsula

By Atlantic Council

Is nuclear diplomacy with the North all but dead? How worried should we be about these missiles?

Arms Control Crisis Management

In the News

Aug 30, 2021

Garlauskas participates in US Institute of Peace event on North Korea: “Whose court is the ball in?”

On July 28, Markus Garlauskas spoke at a US Institute of Peace event titled “Whose Court Is the Ball In? Making Progress on Peace and Denuclearization With North Korea” held at the Willard Hotel in Washington, DC. Garlauskas cautioned against considering Kim Jong Un to be desperate, against optimism on the near-term prospects for diplomacy […]

Korea Politics & Diplomacy

In the News

Aug 23, 2021

Garlauskas featured in NK News podcast on intelligence failure to anticipate Communist Chinese military intervention

On August 23, Markus Garlauskas was featured in NK News podcast, along with the Korea Society’s Jonathan Corrado in an expert discussion on the failure of the United States to anticipate and prepare for Communist China’s military intervention in the Korean War. Garlauskas and Corrado argued that cognitive biases along with dysfunctional inter-personal and inter-organizational […]

Arms Control Indo-Pacific

In the News

Aug 21, 2021

Manning in Voice of America Korea: “US experts warn North Korea of ​​criticism of Afghanistan, ‘Do not test United States-South Korea alliance'” [translated from Korean]

By Atlantic Council

On August 21, Manning featured in a VOA article about North Korea’s comments on the US withdrawal from Afghanistan. Manning cautioned that it was too early to know how the withdrawal might impact US relationships with allies in the region. “While the Afghan disaster, eerily similar to Vietnam, is not reassuring to US allies and […]

Afghanistan Korea

In the News

Aug 12, 2021

Garlauskas participates in Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center workshop report on “A Policy of Public Diplomacy with North Korea”

On August 12, Markus Garlauskas presented remarks and answered questions at a panel discussion hosted virtually by Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. The event was organized to launch a new Belfer workshop report to which Garlauskas contributed, “A Policy of Public Diplomacy with North Korea: A Principled and Pragmatic Approach to […]

Arms Control Indo-Pacific