THAAD is Not about Missile Defense anymore; It’s about a Chinese Veto over South Korean Foreign Policy


This is a local re-post of a piece I wrote at The National Interest a few weeks ago. The graphic here comes straight from the Lockheed Martin webpage on THAAD. There’s so much contradictory information floating around about THAAD, maybe … Continue reading

The THAAD Debate is now Wildly Overwrought and Exaggerated


This a local re-posting of an essay I just wrote this week for The National Interest here. That pic is mine, taken next to the US embassy in Seoul. Basically, I’m amazed at how unhinged the THAAD (Terminal High Altitude … Continue reading

Enough Dithering, South Korea. It’s Time to Deploy THAAD Missile Defense


The debate on missile defense in South Korea is accelerating. Increasingly it looks like there will be some kind of stationing of ‘Terminal High Altitude Area Defense’ (THAAD, pictured). This is almost certainly a good thing, because North Korea’s programs … Continue reading

What are the Chinese Telling Us by Bullying South Korea so Much over Missile Defense?


This is a local re-post of an essay wrote for The National Interest about 10 days ago. Basically, I’m curious why the Chinese are making such a huge deal out of THAAD missile defense. They’ve been bullying South Korea relentlessly … Continue reading

Year in Review, 2016: Top 5 Events of Northeast Asian Security


If that thrilling post title doesn’t pull you away from It’s a Wonderful Life or Sound of Music, I don’t know what will. This essay is a local re-post of my op-ed posted with the Lowy Institute this month. The … Continue reading

The Korean Public Saved Korean Democracy from their own Corrupt Political Class


This is the English-language version of an article I published this week with Newsweek Japan on ‘Choi-gate.’ This pre-dates the impeachment vote of yesterday, but the basic point still holds: the Korean public just gave the world a lesson in … Continue reading