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ROK Military Parades, S. Korean Cruise Missiles, and Evolving DPRK Diplomacy

ROK Military Parades, S. Korean Cruise Missiles, and Evolving DPRK Diplomacy

South Korea tests North Korea's charm offensive with a military parade in Seoul, special guest: the Hyunmoo-3c cruise missile.

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South Korea and US Agree to Two Year Extension of Nuclear Cooperation Agreement

South Korea and US Agree to Two Year Extension of Nuclear Cooperation Agreement

South Korea hopes to negotiate a revised document allowing domestic uranium enrichment and the reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel.

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RUSI Japan

Nothing of substance right now, although there is much to talk about. M.Taylor Fravel has a great post up that reflects a lot of my own thoughts and apprehensions on issues regarding the current Senkaku conflict.* It seems to be reviving for the third time this year after having been pronounced dead twice. Essential reading also includes...

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Guest Post: Have the Dokdo Ad Wars Begun?

Guest Post: Have the Dokdo Ad Wars Begun?

Tokyo has placed ads in Japanese laying claims on ownership. Are the battle lines being set?

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North Korea Simmers as Purges, Oustings, Mutinies, and Marriage All Take Center Stage

North Korea Simmers as Purges, Oustings, Mutinies, and Marriage All Take Center Stage

This week sees a shift towards the domestic (marriage pun intended), as Kim Jong-Un instigates internal upheaval to solidify power

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Japan’s Regional Security Environment and Possibilities for Conflict

The next 5 months could be one of high drama and tension in East Asia geopolitics due to various leadership transitions and elections. In South Korea we have already seen election year sensitivities coming to have real life policy consequences with the last-minute cancellation of the ACSA/GSOMIA military accords between Japan and the ROK. With the presidential...

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Military Pact Between South Korean and Japan Sidelined by Election Year Shenanigans

Military Pact Between South Korean and Japan Sidelined by Election Year Shenanigans

South Korea has shelved a pact with Japan that would have increased military cooperation and sharing of intelligence data

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U.S. Military Conducts Naval Drills with Japan & South Korea and Live-fire Exercise with ROKN

U.S. Military Conducts Naval Drills with Japan & South Korea and Live-fire Exercise with ROKN

It's a busy week for ever emerging East Asian Alliances....

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Mother of All War Games Planned by China, Russia, Iran and Syria

Mother of All War Games Planned by China, Russia, Iran and Syria

China, Russia, Iran and Syria plan to stage the "biggest joint war game in the Middle East” ever next month, with 90,000 troops, 400 warplanes, 1,000 tanks, and a slew of warships and submarines to take part.

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United States and South Korea Agree to Boost Combined Defensive Posture

United States and South Korea Agree to Boost Combined Defensive Posture

On June 14th, the United States and South Korea agreed to strengthen their joint defensive ties during the U.S.-Korea Ministerial Dialogue 2+2 Meetings held in Seoul

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Japan’s MSDF to make a Port Call in Manila amid Tensions

When? Next week it would seem. Hot on the heels of a promise to supply a number of JCG vessels to the Philippines, Japan is now also sending three JMSDF naval training ships to Manila for a four-day port call from 28 May to 31 May. The ships are reported to be the JS Kashima (TV-3505),...

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Taiwan Believes China Planning Two Indigenous Aircraft Carriers

Taiwan Believes China Planning Two Indigenous Aircraft Carriers

With China able to out-produce Taiwan in every conceivable way, Taiwan will have to dig deeply into their Anti-Access/Area Denial repertoire

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