Where to Order

Little Madmen: Correspondents' Tales

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.... "Korean Dynasty is a must read for business people and students of business and the social sciences learning about the socio-economics of Asia." Business Book Review Library; 1995, Vol. 12 Issue 2, p1
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

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

March 23, 2018

Tags: President Trump, Kim Jng-un, Moon Jae-in, Panmunjom, Pyongyang, summit, axe 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…)

The Ivanka counter-charm offensive: Bracing for the Winter Olympics end game

February 25, 2018

Tags: Ivanka, Trump, Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, Kim Yong Chol, Kim Yo Jong, Cheonan, Yeongoyeing Island, North Korea, Moon Jae-in

By World Tribune on February 23, 2018

Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Ivanka Trump’s upcoming weekend in South Korea is sure to set off another round of intense speculation while the vice chairman of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party leads a delegation south at just about the same time.


Joshua Cooper Ramo, the Winter Olympics and NBC’s staggering conflicts of interest

February 20, 2018

By World Tribune on February 19, 2018

Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

The strange case of NBC sports commentator Joshua Cooper Ramo touched the sensitive nerves of millions of Koreans. Thousands responded with indignation, aggrieved feelings, even outrage to his on-air remark at the Winter Olympics to the effect that “every Korean will tell (more…)

Korean protests at the Olympics, then and now

February 9, 2018

Tags: PyeongChang, Winter Olympics, Kim Jong-un, Kim Yo-Jong, Moon Jae-in, Korean Air 858, 1988 Summer Olympics, Chun Doo-hwan, Roh Tae-woo, USA Today

February 8, 2018, Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

Mid-winter is not exactly the best time for mass demonstrations in South Korea. Protesters prefer to wait for spring, but the Winter Olympics leave them no choice.

Flag-wavers are out there during the coldest ever Olympics, the rightists waving Korean and American flags, leftists and liberals (more…)

Trump’s ‘new American moment’: Paving the way to a ‘bloody nose’ for North Korea?

February 2, 2018

Tags: Winter Olympics, Pyeongcheong, Gangneung, Trump, Moon Jae-in, KORUS FTA, State of the Union, Victor Cha, North Korea, Ji Seong-ho, Otto Warmbier

By World Tribune on February 1, 2018, Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

Don’t count on the Winter Olympics as the moment for rapprochement on the Korean peninsula. That message came through loud and clear in President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address. “Our new American moment,” as Trump called this (more…)

Has it been 50 years? Remembering the Tet, the Blue House raid and North Korea’s capture of the Pueblo

January 28, 2018

Tags: virginia beach, south vietnam, north vietnam, tet offensive, lunar new hear, viet cong, danang, hue, saigon, pueblo, blue house raid, jim mattis

By World Tribune on January 23, 2018

Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia ― How quickly we forget. Memories, dates and events fade away, only to be revived on anniversaries. A lot of historical events are barely recalled.

I was in a country named “South” Vietnam 50 years ago when North Vietnamese and Viet (more…)

Let the games begin, but watch out for those N. Korean dancers

January 19, 2018

Tags: Moranbong, Hyon Song-Wol, K-Pop, Panmunjom, Kim Jong-un, President Trump, Women's Hockey, Samjiyon, North Korea, PyeongChang, Winter Olympics, Arirang, President Moon Jae-in

January 18, 2018, Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

WASHINGTON ― Ah, let the games begin! The fun and games, that is, of seeing how the clever North Koreans play the Winter Olympics for all they’re worth.

For sure, North Korean strategists are looking for a diplomatic and political triumph regardless of who wins what (more…)

This n That

Dancing to a new tune

On Forbes' Rich List

The Sewol Tragedy