Monthly Archives: May 2018

What Kim Jong Un and Ronald Reagan Share in Common: Supply Side Economics Nuclear Style

Pyongyang has told us to look more closely at the resolution of April’s Central Committee plenum. Doing so sheds much light on Kim’s supply side economics. North Korea just keeps pulling you in even amidst a desire to write of … Continue reading

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The Cynicism of the Sophisticated: North Korea and Complete Irreversible Denuclearisation

Sophisticated foreign policy hands argue no way North Korea would agree to complete and irreversible denuclearisation. Left unsaid is what that means. The train is moving fast on the Kim-Trump summit with developments of great significance occurring on an almost … Continue reading

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The Man Who Lost Korea: The Fourth Inter-Korean Summit.

For North Korea reaffirmation of the Panmunjom Declaration and it’s speedy implementation are the big ticket items from the fourth inter-Korean summit, certainly not denuclearisation nor Trump I’m so dizzy, my head is spinning. It’s been a breathtaking week. The … Continue reading

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North Korea and the Triumph of the Irrational: Strategic Stability Is More Rational Than Complete Denuclearisation.

The irrational has always triumphed in the North Korean nuclear crisis, and strategic stability, not complete denuclearisation, is the rational approach to pursue heading into the Kim-Trump Summit. The upcoming US-North Korea summit meeting has hit the proverbial snag, with … Continue reading

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Trump’s JCPOA Language Game: The Strategic Logic to JCPOA Withdrawal

Most commentary on the US withdrawal from the JCPOA, at least from the sane end of the spectrum, has made the point, firstly, that it is not based on a firm strategy, that it more reflects the warped impulses of … Continue reading

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Fischer’s Theorem and the Mind’s Big Bang

Bobby Fischer described the evolution of his capability to play the game of chess by saying , after years of singular devotion, that “by the age of eleven, I just got good.” There’s something quite profound at work here, with … Continue reading

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Trump’s Effective Withdrawal from the JCPOA and the 123 Agreement Negotiations with Saudi Arabia

President Trump’s decision to not extend the waiver on US sanctions on Iran, officially not a US withdrawal but in effect one, means the United States is no longer in compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran’s … Continue reading

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