South Korea–United States relations

In this June 12, 2018, file photo, US President Donald Trump, right, meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sentosa Island, in Singapore. 

Political theater: Part II

Critical State

Critical State, a foreign policy newsletter by Inkstick Media, takes a deep dive this week into all the ways in which diplomacy is a kind of performance.

A South Korean soldier walks past a TV broadcasting a news report

North Korea’s nuclear test could be leverage for upcoming talks

South Korea's Moon Jae-in holds an umbrella over his head

Moon bets his legacy on meeting with Trump

Global Politics
Police control crowd in protest with signs with Korean letters.

South Korean aid to North Korea could be a game changer — if North Korea accepts it

Global Politics
A group of protesters wear yellow scarves and hold blue signs.

Some South Koreans say Trump-Kim summit is ‘all political theater’

Global Politics
South Korean soldiers stand guard as construction equipment destroys a guard post in the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas in Cheorwon, Nov. 15, 2018. 

Should the US lift sanctions against North Korea already?

US Diplomacy

After an exciting revival, diplomatic relations between North Korea and the United States are sputtering to a standstill — and it’s largely because the US won’t budge on sanctions, some experts say.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

Report says North Korea still has functioning, undeclared missile bases

Conflict & Justice

Reports state that maintenance and minor infrastructure improvements have been observed at some of the sites, despite the ongoing negotiations.

a korean soldier's face

Learning of threats in the shadow of war

Conflict & Justice

Six South Koreans tell us about their first memories of conflict, their impressions of North Korea and whether or not they think Seoul and Pyongyang are on the path to reunification.

Korea's Godfather of Rock Shin Joong-hyun got his start as a teenage guitarist at the Yongsan Garrison in Seoul. Now the US military base is closing.

The US military’s Yongsan Garrison leaves a mixed legacy in Seoul


The US military is closing its Yongsan military base in the South Korean capital. For people who grew up around the base, it was where they learned about American music, culture and food. But it’s also leaving behind environmental problems.

Case of Mad Cow Disease Found in California

The discovery of a case of mad cow disease in a cow in California prompted two major South Korean retailers to immediately suspend sales of U.S. beef. Although it’s the first such case in six years, and was found in a cow not intended for human consumption, the news set off fresh worries about the […]