James Paek

February 8, 2018

Why Do North Koreans Defect From their Home Country?

It’s strange to think of people feeling oppressed and free at the same time. Yet it’s exactly this unlikely combination that drives a new generation of North Koreans. They’re constrained by the […]
January 30, 2018

The Geopolitics of PyeongChang Winter Olympics 2018

The Winter Olympics are always a good venue for showing national pride. Some even view the Games as a microcosm of the world and what could be: peace among nations where each […]
January 19, 2018

Can South Korea’s New Leader Bring Change to the Peninsula?

Moon Jae-in enters the South Korean presidency amid a tough economy and a political scandal of the highest degree in his country. However, the main focus of his campaign was relations with […]
January 12, 2018

Moon Jae-in’s Battle to Denuclearize North Korea

While Washington D.C. and Pyongyang are busy powering up for a standoff over nuclear tests and ballistic missiles, South Korea has shifted the playing field considerably for all sides by electing President Moon […]
July 13, 2017

Why Can’t Charlotte Fix This?

Charlotte has always tried to be a progressive city, but last summer of 2016 all that came crashing down as the world watched their city streets erupt in violence. Protesters were reacting to a final […]
July 13, 2017

Is Global Freedom of Expression Dangerous?

The Internet helped bring to light all the nasty, disagreeable, twisted, and downright insane ways of thinking humans are capable of. Every nation’s legal system has its own toleration levels, of course, […]
May 10, 2017

Time to Rethink North Korean Sanctions

Last year, TV stations all over South Korea were ablaze with scenes of Pyongyang’s latest missile tests. It’s now clear that North Korea remains firmly resolute on pursuing a dangerous mission, even after nearly ten […]