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History
Donald Kirk and Kisam Kim explain in detail the campaign of the president of Korea for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Caught between huge conflicting forces, people look with foreboding on the gathering clouds of war
1.Points of Crisis
The rise of Kim Dae Jung and the high price of his failed drive for reconciliation with North Korea
Three contributions on Korea -- North, South and Kim Dae Jung -- for this massive five-volume work on human rights issues worldwide
Dispelling myths about the sinking of the South Korean navy corvette the Cheonan in March 2010
Memories of the Vietnam War and its aftermath from the arrival of U.S. forces to the release of the last U.S. POWs
The Vietnam War as it spread through Cambodia and Laos into northern and northeastern Thailand
Washington's pact with Pyongyang won't help the starving children
2.Covering Korea
Q&A, Asia-Pacific Businss & Technology Report
Looking back to the Old Days: A Correspondent's Field Manual; A Reader’s Guide to Real News:
Korea through the eyes of correspondents who were there, 1871-2006
Following the story
How the news goes in and out of the Hermit Kingdom
3. Business and Economy
The Rev. Moon's empire bouncing back in South Korea
Play-by-play account of the meltdown that nearly bankrupted the South Korean economy
The story of North Korea's 105-story white elephant
An unauthorized study of Korea's largest business group, its triumphs and failures, and the peasant's son who founded it
The ultimate business reference to the Philippines, providing practical advice from leading experts
Iraq and South Korea face contrasting economic problems and issues, as seen in these articles for Institutional Investor
4. Seoul-Searching
I.--Heart and Seoul: From the ashes of war, Korea's capital rises like a phoenix to world-class. II.--Three Perfect Days: Wining, dining, sightseeing and strolling around one of the world's oldest and greatest capitals

Hither and Yon

Beware the ‘Vietnam model’ in negotiating ‘peace’ on the Korean peninsula

May 14, 2018

May 13, 2018

Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

What is this disturbing nonsense we sometimes hear about a “Vietnam model” for permanent peace on the Korean peninsula?

Whoever’s talking about that either has to be joking or is totally unaware of the tragedy that befell South Vietnam after the signing of the “Paris (more…)

Both Koreas and the world want to know: What is Trump thinking?

May 8, 2018

May 7, 2018

By Donald Kirk

Forget about the U.S. pulling troops from Korea any time soon. It’s not going to happen, at least to judge by the denials from the White House and President Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton.

“Utter nonsense,” was all Bolton had to say about a report that (more…)

Bolton and the plight of de-nuked dictators: Will Kim share Gadhafi’s fate?

May 5, 2018

May 4, 2018, Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

John Bolton, U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, may be hawkish and conservative, but at least you had to credit him with sophistication and insights on the issues and the people whom he was confronting.

In the course of many visits to (more…)

Real news in Korea always comes as a complete surprise

April 28, 2018

Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

Here’s a hard truth that’s certifiable by any rudimentary review of modern Korean history: the real news about Korea catches almost everyone by surprise.

Who, for instance, would have predicted the outbreak of the Korean War nearly seven decades ago? Who knew, in the (more…)

Why the blind spot for China by the American intelligentsia?

April 8, 2018

April 5, 2018
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

China remains the darling of western, particularly American, intellectuals and academicians even though under President Xi Jinping it’s reverting to the dictatorial habits of the era of Mao Zedung.

The system is not only incredibly corrupt but also authoritarian. We hear constantly about suppression of (more…)

China and North Korea, best friends forever?

March 30, 2018

March 29, 2018

Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

There is a certain inevitability about China’s need for North Korea and the North’s need for China. The two may intuitively hate one another, but they can hardly stay apart in the regional tug of war. It’s been that way ever since Chinese (more…)

Media hatred may derail Trump-Kim summit; And does Kim Jong-Un dare leave home?

March 23, 2018

Tags: President Trump, Kim Jong-un, Moon Jae-in, Panmunjom, Pyongyang, summit, ax murder

March 22, 2018

Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

U.S. President Donald Trump is in such hot water in Washington that his summit with Kim Jong-Un, if it actually happens, will be either a distraction or a welcome relief from the pressure-cooker atmosphere at home.

The only problem is, he may be so busy (more…)

North Korean ‘regime change’? Give dreamers a chance

March 16, 2018

Tags: Kim Jong-un, Pompeo, CIA, Bradley Martin, Nuclear Blues, Trump, North Korea

March 15, 2018

Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

In the excitement over impending summits, we may have forgotten one other solution everyone was talking about, oh, just a month or two ago.

Whatever happened to all the enthusiasm for forcing Kim Jong-Un out of his job by internal upheaval, external attack, or maybe just (more…)

About those euphoric Korea peace talks: A trip down memory lane

March 9, 2018

Tags: Moon Jae-in, Donald Trump, Korean War, Kim Jong-un, peace talks, Lee Hu-rak, Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, Paralympics, U.S.-Korea military exercises, Rex Tillerson, Geneva framework, denuclearization

March 8, 2018
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

Don’t hold your breath. We’ve been disappointed so often in moves toward North-South reconciliation that it’s hard to believe any face-to-face talks between President Moon Jae-In and North Korea’s “respected leader” Kim Jong-Un will lead to resolution of (more…)

How I got into the closing ceremonies at the PyeongChang Winter Games

March 3, 2018

Tags: PyeongChang, South Korea, Winter Olympics, Russians, black market, Olympic Stadium, closing ceremony

March 2, 2018

Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

PYEONGCHANG ― Now I know firsthand what they’re talking about when they say the Russians are tricky. Yes, they’ve gotten into American and other websites, tried to sway the U.S. presidential election and are not to be trusted, but those were media reports. In (more…)

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