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© 2019 Jeffrey Robertson

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Recent writings, commentary and research. Most often on diplomacy, diplomatic studies, and foreign policy with a focus on Australia, the Korean peninsula, and East Asia - but not always... Side projects include expatriate life in Seoul, North Korea Watchers, and ethnographic fiction. Materials derived from other sources are indicated. Contributions and comments are welcome!

Thursday, October 24, 2019

ATTENTION. Data retrieval for #NorthKoreaWatchers research project finished 2019/07. All collected materials were stored securely offline. I'm aware a...

Monday, September 16, 2019

A simple graphical representation of Trump's Twitter posts on North Korea reveals an interesting progression from tormentor to savior, and a consisten...

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

During 2017-18, the risk of conflict on the Korean peninsula increased. Between Kim Jong-un, Moon Jae-in, and Donald Trump, a perfect storm of populis...

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Ideal diplomats - Call for Papers

International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention 2020 (Honolulu, 25-28 March 2020)

What professional skills a...

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

During 2017-18, international attention turned to the Korean Peninsula as the threat of conflict reached new heights. This led to an explosion in the...

Monday, March 18, 2019

Amidst the Trump-Kim Summit and a vomit of commentary on ‘presidential diplomacy’, ‘face-to-face diplomacy’, ‘summit diplomacy’ and even ‘Trumpian dip...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Digital diplomacy is the application of digital technologies, including information and communication technologies, software engineering and big data,...

Friday, October 5, 2018

Every few months, the Australian media raises the embarrassing absence of an American ambassador in Canberra. As of last month, Australia was one of 3...

Sunday, September 23, 2018

By now, most people in South Korea know the national team’s victory over Japan in the Asian Games football tournament secured not just the gold medal,...

Thursday, August 16, 2018

In January 2018, Bloomberg ranked South Korea as the globe's most innovative economy (Jung, 2018). In its most recent E‐Government Survey, the United...

Friday, June 1, 2018

For around twenty years, in both government and academia, I worked with ‘North Korea watchers’ – the community of scholars, analysts, government offic...

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Google Scholar academic citations during 2008-18 for the terms “South Korea” and “middle power” returns 4,260 hits, nearly double that of “middle powe...

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