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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!

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...

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...

Sunday, February 18, 2018

On 30 January 2018, a Washington Post op-ed penned by Victor Cha confirmed that he was no longer under consideration to be appointed as US ambassador...

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Weeks before Donald Trump’s state visit to Seoul, a visit to the De-Militarized Zone (DMZ) that separates North and South Korea was removed from the s...

Thursday, May 11, 2017

On 9 May, South Korea elected Moon Jae-in as president. Given Moon’s early and consistent lead in the polls, much has already been said about South Ko...

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...

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Defense Secretary Mattis reiterated one message on his visit to Seoul – the US is concerned about North Korea and is committed to the defense of South...

Friday, September 30, 2016

The renowned and respected diplomat Harold Nicolson called the participation of politicians in negotiation a "dangerous innovation" that could arouse...

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