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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...

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...

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...

Sunday, March 18, 2018

A surprised world learned last week that Donald Trump had agreed to meet Kim Jong-Un. The unprecedented situation of two South Korean intelligence off...

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

On 13 October, Seoul will host the third Australia – Republic of Korea foreign and defence ministerial (2+2) consultations. While topics to be discuss...

Monday, September 11, 2017

Articles discussing pre-emptive strikes on North Korea are now everywhere. Based on a small number of in-depth analytical studies, they detail militar...

Sunday, August 13, 2017

This week Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull let go of the tired talking points condemning North Korea’s provocations and implicitly recognised that misc...

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Attached below is the Joint Policy Declaration by the United Nations countries Participating in the Military Action in Korea Affirming to Carry out th...

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Most predictions of crisis on the Korean Peninsula focus on the murky politics of North Korea. Understanding South Korea would be a better place to st...

Monday, September 26, 2016

In an interview on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, Foreign Minister Yun Byung-Se quite rightly questioned North Korea’s membersh...

Sunday, February 21, 2016

An area of research interest for me is the cost of North Korea on South Korean foreign policy. Now when I say cost on South Korean foreign policy, it'...

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