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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!

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...

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...

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...

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, 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...

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Every time an Australian politician visits South Korea, the DMZ is on the schedule. When they visit the DMZ they reinforce the image of South Korea as...

Thursday, September 14, 2017

South Korea’s position at the intersection of US and North Korean intentions and capabilities stirs substantial domestic debate. A perennial feature o...

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