Critical Commentaries on Bush's Policies toward the Koreas

Articles from Foreign Policy in Focus

The Tug of War The tug of war between the hawks and doves over North Korea policy continues within the Bush administration.

A Whirlwind Tour: President Bush in Asia President George W. Bush's trip to Asia offers an opportunity to reflect on how U.S. policy toward Asia is changing.

The Proliferation Security Initiative: A Challenge Too Narrow Look for the Bush administration to push its "Proliferation Security Initiative" (PSI) during the
president's October trip to Asia. Look for Asian leaders already not on board (only Japan an Australia are participating) to politely agree--and get on with other priorities.

Six Countries in Search of a Solution War so far has not returned to the Korean peninsula. Negotiators from six countries--North and South Korea, China, Japan, Russia, and the United States--are about to sit down in Beijing to keep it that way...But few are optimistic about this latest attempt to solve the current Korean crisis.

Fearful Symmetry: Washington and Pyongyang In the fun house of mirrors in which contemporary global politics is enacted, a strange resemblance has developed between George W. Bush and Kim Jong Il and between their respective war parties

Council on Foreign Relations Urges Bush Administration to Commit Seriously to Diplomacy with North Korea "The United States has not persuaded its regional partners that it is serious about negotiations, making efforts to secure their approval for a significantly tougher position difficult if not impossible," according to the blue-ribbon CFR task force that issued the report, Meeting the North Korean Nuclear Challenge.

Eyes on Different Prizes Roh Moo-hyun is coming to Washington with a public and a private message. Publicly, the South Korean president will affirm his government's desire to strengthen its relationship with the United States and bring a peaceful end to the nuclear crisis with North Korea. The private message, which won't appear in any newspaper headlines, will be: "Mr. Bush, please don't screw things up for us."

Is North Korea Next? The new U.S. rationale for invasion--the doctrine of "preventive war" that flies in the face of international law--justifies invasion anywhere, anytime.

Coping with North Korea The Bush administration’s de facto policy of “hostile neglect” toward Pyongyang has been a fundamental source of the current crisis.

The Anti-American Blowback from Bush's Korea Policy Anti-Americanism has been on the rise since the end of the cold war due in part to a perception that the absence of a serious global security threat vitiates the need to tolerate U.S. arrogance and unilateralism.

Remaking Policy in Asia? The Bush administration came into office committed to change U.S. policy toward Asia. It aimed at reversing the Clinton-era policies of engagement with North Korea and China, and strengthening military alliances perceived as having been slighted under Clinton.

The U.S. “War on Terror” and East Asia Korea: U.S. Policy Casting a Long Shadow over the Sunshine Policy

New Dynamics in U.S.-Korean Relations The victory of the liberal Roh Moo-Hyun in the December 19th South Korean presidential elections has been presented in the western media as a source of future tension in South Korean-U.S. relations.

The Time-Out Method Doesn't Work For the past two years, the Bush administration has treated North Korea like a child throwing a tantrum.

Iraq, North Korea, and the U.S. Nuclear "...Or Else" Bush forced Pyongyang into a preemptive posture in anticipation of what Washington would do after the Iraqi crisis moves from the top of the foreign policy agenda.

Diplomacy by Dereliction: U.S. Policy Toward Korea is in Disarray by Bruce Cumings
The U.S. "War on Terror" and East Asia by James Reilly
Korea Conflict Profile by John Feffer
Reviewing the Korea-U.S. Summit: What Lies Beneath by Brent (Won-Ki) Choi
Redressing Evil: Advice from South Korea by Brent Choi

Articles from ZNet

Wrong Again: US policy on North Korea The same folks who brought us the invasion of Iraq and a menu of hyped-up warnings about Saddam Hussein's weapons have similarly exaggerated the North Korean threat: indeed, the second North Korean nuclear crisis began in October 2002, when 'sexed-up' intelligence was used to push Pyongyang against the wall and make bilateral negotiations impossible.

Targeting North Korea For all the ballyhoo surrounding the North Korean admission of a nuclear weapons program in meetings with U.S. officials, one salient fact has been overlooked. It never happened.

Peace--The Real Solution to Famine in North Korea "I have no respect for a man who starves his own people," declared President Bush...But Is Kim Jong Il really starving his people or is the fact that the U.S. is still technically at war with North Korea driving the persistence of famine?

Recovering a Lost Opportunity: Japan-North Korea Negotiations in the Wake of the Iraqi War The September 17, 2002 agreement between Japan and North Korea opened the way to resolution of the longstanding conflict that is central to tensions on the Korean peninsula, in Japan-Korea relations, and throughout Northeast Asia. Those prospects were quickly overwhelmed by the combination of new conflicts over North Korea's nuclear program and the NK announcement concerning the abductions and deaths of Japanese citizens.

Korea, South and North, at Risk The good news is that North Korean and American diplomats will begin talking again, thanks largely to Chinese pressure. The bad news is that the Bush administration's ideological baggage may overwhelm those talks.

Sunshine, Containment, War: Korean Options The recent outpourings of analysis and comment on the "Korean problem" around the world are characterized by righteous indignation and denunciation. They tend to be shaped, consciously or unconsciously, by an "imperial" frame of reference, insisting that Pyongyang submit to the will of the "international community" when what is really meant is the will of Washington.

My Academic Articles on the U.S., Korea, and the Asia-Pacific

My Students' Papers on the U.S. and the Two Koreas