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The central lesson from North Korea is that even the best nuclear deal with Iran is merely a prelude to the real diplomatic drama. To ensure that Tehran does not go the way of Pyongyang, the nuclear accord must be followed by the creation of a framework for fundamentally new Iranian relations with the United States, the region, and the international community.
Contrary to what Terry claims, write Delury and Moon, the collapse of North Korea is a frightening prospect, and the sudden reunification of the Korean Peninsula would be disastrous. Terry replies.
There is nothing inevitable about democratization China. But neither, as one former Obama administration official argued, is the students’ call for genuine democracy a mere “pipe dream.” For what history does record are long and hard-fought struggles between competing visions of political life and social order, and the students in Hong Kong have made themselves heard and their vision known.
Schell and Delury argue that for most of China’s recent history, the country has been consumed with the search for wealth and power: the desire to “see China return to greatness and honor.”
Xi Jinping recently decided to close China's re-education camps, a brutal remnant of Maoist Communism entirely at odds with the country’s contemporary capitalist sheen. But given the policy's origin in the earliest days of the Communist era, Xi's move is sure to face bitter resistance from within the establishment.
With austerity the reigning buzzword in Beijing, it's tempting to assume that China is finally joining the West's ongoing debate about macroeconomics. In reality, China's leaders are drawing on a vastly different intellectual history.
A new book offers useful insights into the North Korean mindset, but it overlooks the regime's durability and the reformist bent of its new leader, Kim Jong-un. The regime is here to stay, and the United States should pursue more peaceful relations.