“Using Analytical Eclecticism for Improved Policy Relevance: Is There a Case for South Korean Support of Abenomics?,” Pacific Focus, 31/1, 2016: forthcoming;

“South Korea’s Nuclear Temptation,” The Diplomat, March 1, 2016:

“The Optimism of Classical Realism: Thucydides, Clausewitz, Morgenthau,” Twenty-first Century Political Science Review, 25/4, 2015: 249-269;

“North Korea should Dominate South Korean Foreign Policy,” Lowy Interpreter, four-part debate with Van Jackson on ROK Grand Strategy, July 29, 2015:

“Why Korea is so Obsessed with Japan (2 parts),” Real Clear Defense, June 4, 2015:

“Protesters Cross the Korean Border and Blur a Moral Line,” The Lowy Interpreter, May 27, 2015:

“The Real Reason Asia Should Fear North Korea’s Sub-Launched Missiles,” The National Interest, May 11, 2015:

“Explained: How to Start a U.S.-China Cold War,” The National Interest, April 21, 2015:

“South Korea’s THAAD Decision,” The Diplomat, April 13, 2015:

“Will South Korea Have to Bomb North Korea Eventually?,” The Diplomat, March 6, 2015:

“North Korea’s Most Dangerous Weapon (Hint: It’s not Nuclear),” The National Interest, February 12, 2015:

“Review of ‘The Interview,'” Lowy Interpreter, February 11, 2015:

“Invading North Korea is a Really Bad Idea,” The National Interest, January 30, 2015:

“China’s Interests in Korean Unification: How Much Longer is the ‘Buffer’ Worth it?” Korean Journal of Security Affairs 19/2, 2014, pp. 4-21:

“North Korea is the Mafia: Lessons from the ‘Kim Jong-Un has Disappeared!’ Hysteria,” The National Interest, October 31, 2014:

“Should the US Retrench from South Korea?” (3 parts), Lowy Interpeter, August 20, 22, October 17, 2014:

“Book Review: The End of the American World Order,” H-Net, October 2014:

“Korea’s Dokdo Claim is about more than just Territory – it’s Identity,” China Policy Institute Blog, October 13, 2014:

“Russia: Between Empire and Modernity,” The Diplomat, October 9, 2014:

“Can China Legitimate Its Would-Be Hegemony in Asia?,” The Diplomat, August 7, 2014:

“US-NK Relations: Fraught, Unlikely to Change,” Korea Times, August 3, 2014:

“The ‘Pivot’ and Its Problems: American Foreign Policy in Northeast Asia,” Pacific Review, 27/3, 2014: 479-503,

“The Complex China-South Korea Relationship,” The Diplomat, June 18. 2014:

Sewol and the Modernization of Korea,” Newsweek Japan, June 3, 2014,; English version:

“The Sino-Vietnamese Clash in the South China Sea: End of the Peaceful Rise?,” Newsweek Japan, May 27, 2014,; English version:

“No, Crimea is not a ‘Model’ for Aggression in Asia,” The Diplomat, May 8, 204,

“Unintended Consequences of US Alliances in Asia,” CSIS, PacNet #32A, April 22, 2014,

“Three Hypotheses on Korea’s Intense Resentment of Japan,” The Diplomat, March 13, 2014,

“Comparing China and the Kaiser’s Germany,” Lowy Interpreter, March 12-13, 2014,

“What Would Chinese Hegemony Look Like?” The Diplomat, February 10, 2014,

“Book Review: North Korea in Transition: Politics, Economics and Society,” Pacific Affairs, 86/4, 2013: 932-34,; available at:

“Japan as a Unique Bulwark to Chinese Hegemony in Asia,” Newsweek Japan, December 24, 2013, English translation:

“US-Japan Alliance Sparks Korean Grand Strategy Debate,” The Diplomat, December 11, 2013,

“The Subtext of South Korea’s Dislike for Japan is Competition with North Korea,” Newsweek Japan, December 3, 2013, pp. 25-30:; English translation:

“Thickening Russia-Korea Ties is a Good Move for South Korea,” Newsweek Korea, 1102, November 25, 2013:; English translation:

“North Korea – South Korea Relations,” Al Jazeera Center for Studies, November 12, 2013:

“US Power can Withstand some Washington Dysfunction,” The Diplomat, November 7, 2013:

“Is The Pivot Squeezing Korea between China and, the US and Japan? (Yes),” Newsweek Korea, 1098, October 28, 2013:; English translation:

The Diplomat Interviews Robert E Kelly,” The Diplomat, October 10, 2013:

“Syria and the Capping of Executive War Powers,” The Diplomat, October 7, 2013:

“Why the West should Relax about China,” The Diplomat, September 6, 2013:

“Book Review: The European Union and South Korea: The Legal Framework for
Strengthening Trade, Economic and Political Relations,” H-Net, August 2013:

“South Korea: Who Should Have Wartime Command?,” The Diplomat, August 12, 2013:

“In Defense of President Obama’s ‘Strategic Patience’ on North Korea,” Newsweek Korea, issue 1084, July 8, 2013:; English translation:

“Will These Youth Protests Spread to Asia’s Corrupted Democracies?,” The Diplomat, June 30, 2013:

The Diplomat Interviews Robert E Kelly,” The Diplomat, June 14, 2013,

“Abenomics is Not More Dangerous than North Korea,” The Diplomat, June 5, 2013,

“Do Not Expect the US to Referee an Asia Insistent on Nationalism and Conflict,” Newsweek Korea, issue 1077, May 20, 2013:; Co-published in Newsweek Japan, May 28, 2012:;  English translation:

“Do Not Fear Abenomics, Korea,” JoongAng Daily, May 14, 2013,

“Don’t Sweat the Closure of Kaesong,” The Diplomat, May 10, 2013,

“North Korea is Another ‘Upper Volta with Nukes,’ so Ignore Them,” China Policy Institute Blog, April 21, 2013,

“North Korea is the Boy Who Cried Wolf: There will be No War,” The Diplomat, April 10, 2013,

“Judging the Iraq Fiasco,” Joong Ang Daily, April 2, 2013,

“Can President Park Liberalize Korea?,” Korea Times, March 29, 2013,

“Why did the US Invade Iraq?,” Joong Ang Daily, March 26, 2013,

“Rising Tension in Northeast Asia” and “Seoul’s Regional Balancing Act,” Newsweek Japan, January 16, 2013: 30-35;, English translation of the first article here:; English translation of the second article here:

“Korea’s Post-Election Challenges,” Newsweek Japan, December 26, 2012: 28-31;, English translation here: 

“Parks’ Recreation,” Foreign Affairs, December 18, 2012;

“Book Review: American Culture of War by Adrian Lewis,” Cercles, December 15, 2012;

“Don’t Forget President Lee’s Merits,” Joong Ang Daily, December 13, 2012:

“Moving Korea’s Economy beyond ‘Developmentalism,'” Newsweek Japan, December 5, 2012: 27-35;, English translation here:

“The Battle for the ‘Seoul’ of South Korea’s Economy,” The Diplomat, November 16, 2012;

“How Asia Sees America’s Election,” The Diplomat, November 7, 2012;

“North Korea is Kim-Land,” JoongAng Daily, October 18, 2012;

“A ‘Confucian Long Peace’ in Pre-Western East Asia?” European Journal of International Relations 18/3, 2012: 407-30;

“Kim Jong Un’s Balancing Act,” KNDU Research Institute for National Security Affairs Forum, 22, September 2012: 1-4;

“Is Korea Ready for Foreign Owners?” JoongAng Daily, September 13, 2012;

“America’s ‘Exorbitant Privilege,’” JoongAng Daily and Real Clear World, August 27/28, 2012;

“Defining IR: Is it Asia’s Turn?” International Relations and Security Network, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, July 30, 2012;

“Why South Korea doesn’t Respond,” CNN-GPS, April 16, 2012;

“How China could Counter Obama’s Asia ‘Pivot,’” CNN-GPS, April 5, 2012;

“Why the US Won’t Pivot to Asia Anytime Soon,” CNN-GPS, March 29, 2012;

“The Future of EU-South Korea Relations after the FTA,” East Asia Forum, March 16, 2012;

“Korea-EU Relations – Beyond the FTA,” International Relations of the Asia-Pacific 12/1, 2012: 101-32;

“Kim Jong Un’s Ascent is a Unique Negotiating Opportunity,” KNDU Research Institute for National Security Affairs Forum, 20, March 2012: 1-5;

“The German-Korean Unification Parallel,” Korean Journal of Defense Analysis 23/4, 2011: 457-72;

“Do Koreans Want to Go It Alone?,” Korean Herald, November 29, 2011:

“American Constraints on the US-South Korean Alliance,” East Asia Forum, November 11, 2011;

“Assessing the Impact of Nongovernmental Organizations on International Organizations: The World Bank and IMF,” International Political Science Review 32/3, 2011: 323-44;

“For Consumers’ Sake, Let the Won Float,” JoongAng Daily, September 27, 2011;

“9/11: The Apocalypse That Wasn’t,” JoongAng Daily, September 20, 2011;

“The Impact of Arab Spring on North Korea,” KNDU Research Institute for National Security Affairs Forum, 17, June 2011: 5-8;

“South Korea Does Not Need Nuclear Weapons – Yet,” Korea Times, June 22, 2011;

“Unleash the Animal Spirits of Smaller Firms,” Korea Times, June 17, 2011;

“A Specious Argument over the IMF,” JoongAng Daily, June 11, 2011;  

“Implication of US Budget Deficit for Korean Security,” Korea Times, June 10, 2011;

“Can an Asian become Chief of the IMF or World Bank?” Korea Times, May 26, 2011;

“Retrenchment is Coming,” Korea Times, May 16, 2011;  

“Comparing North Korea to East Germany,” East Asia Forum, April 9, 2011;

“American Dual Containment in Asia,” Geopolitics, 15/4, 2010: 705-725;

“North Korea’s Shelling of Yeonpyeong Island: Interpretation and Response,” KNDU Research Institute for National Security Affairs Forum, 15, November 2010: 1-5;

“Forging Autonomy in a Tough Neighborhood: Korea’s Foreign Policy Struggle,” 21st Century Political Science Review, 19/3, 2009: 353-380;

“Book Review: Creating Credibility by David Brown,” Development and Practice, 19/8, 2009: 1079-1080;

“Portrait of Global Civil Society at the Bretton Woods Institutions, 2000-09,” International Monetary Fund, August 10, 2009;  

“Death of a Korean Aid Worker,” Korea Times, June 26, 2009;  

“Book Review: Globalization and Its Counter-Forces in Southeast Asia, ed. Terence Chong,” Development in Practice, 19/3, 2009: 431-432;

“Book Review: International Water Security, eds. Nevelina Pachova, Mikiyasu Nakayama & Libor Jansky,” Development in Practice, 19/2, 2009: 267-269;

“Portrait of Global Civil Society at the Bretton Woods Institutions: Civil Society Dialogue Participation, 2000-2007,” Korean Journal of International Relations, 48/5, 2008: 51-80;

“Persistent Dependentist and Developmentalist Understandings of the State in Development Theory,” Development in Practice, 18/3, 2008: 319-332;

“From Global War on Terror to Containment,” Perspectives on Terrorism, 2/4, 2008: 12-14;

“Book Review: International Governance of War-Torn Territories by Robert Caplan,” Journal of Conflict Studies, 28, 2008;

“Stay the Course at the World Bank,” Rhode Island Providence Journal, December 13, 2007, A14;

“Security Theory in the ‘New Regionalism,’” International Studies Review, 9/2, 2007: 197-229;

“From IR to Global Governance Theory: Conceptualizations of NGOs since Rio 1992,” Journal of Civil Society, 3/1, 2007: 81-99;

“Is Terrorism Always Wrong?” Perspectives on Terrorism, 1/1, 2007: 1-7;

“One Last Chance in Iraq,” OSU Journal of Politics and International Affairs, 1/1, 2007: 135-146; (see pp. 135-46)

“The Impact of NGOs on the Bretton Woods Institutions,” World Bank, Summer 2006;,,contentMDK:20127029~menuPK:277368~pagePK:220503~piPK:220476~theSitePK:228717,00.html

“A Micro-View of Global Governance: The Spring and Annual Meetings of the Bretton Woods Institutions,” Transnational Associations 2003/4: 203-06;, Robert E

“Thucydides and Hegemony: Athens and the United States,” with Richard Ned Lebow, Review of International Studies 27/4 2001: 593-609;

4 thoughts on “Publications

    • i often thought that we do so much non dialogue stuff, cause many agencies are responsible for – or used to – making adds for europe and hence avoid the innenveniocce of people talking.

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