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© 2020 Jeffrey Robertson


My name is Jeffrey Robertson. I am a Visiting Fellow at the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy (APCD) at the Australian National University (ANU) and an Associate Professor at Yonsei University

I worked for the Australian Government in the field of foreign policy and North Asia, focusing on China, the Korean Peninsula, and Japan. Now I write from the other side of the line. 


On this website I share ideas, thoughts, research, analysis, academic updates and writing on the topics of diplomatic studies, foreign policy, and South Korea.

Some images on the site are taken from the web, if they're yours and you don't want them on a personal blog, let me know! Please contact me if you want to share or collaborate in any way.







Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Over the past year, long-suppressed strategic debates re-emerged in South Korea: accepting a less-involved United States, strengthening relations with China, securing an independent nuclear weapons capacity, or combining all of these and steering a path towards a unified Korea that could sustain som...

Friday, January 10, 2020

South Korea’s diplomatic practice was traditionally marked by a distinct lack of transparency. The early struggle for political legitimacy as one-half of a divided nation and ongoing security threats placed a high premium on secrecy. Even today, diplomatic studies remains an undeveloped field. Despi...

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 'coordinated campaign' is spoofing the project for phishing.

Writing is also nearing completion and I hope to get the text out to publishers in Decem...

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 consistent (and persistent) denigration of expertise. How on earth are people taking this ride?

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 populism and strategic change saw a frantic rhythm of events. This led to an explosion in the growth of ‘North Korea watchers’ – the community of scholars, a...

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