Entries by Glyn Ford

Glyn Ford discusses North Korea and its responses to internal and external systemic threats at Hawai’i University

Track2Asia Director Glyn Ford shares his insights about North Korea’s rationale behind its approaches to economic reform and modernization, energy and manpower shortages, and the development of a nuclear deterrent, and how understanding these motivations are key to resolving the current stand-off between Washington and Pyongyang. College of Social Sciences, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

Japan’s next leader has a chance to reshape the country’s North Korea policy

Tokyo has long insisted on resolving the abduction issue first, but the public increasingly prioritizes denuclearization. Earlier this month, after a collapse in his poll ratings, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced he would stand down as leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). Given the LDP’s majority in parliament, the winner of the […]

‘Talking’ (and ‘Listening’) to North Korea: conversation at the Institute of Korean Studies (Freie Universität Berlin)

Over several decades, negotiations with North Korea have gone through various ups and downs. After a promising period three years ago, the talks to reach an agreement on denuclearization and a peace arrangement on the Korean peninsula have been deadlocked since the latest abortive attempt at the 2019 US-DPRK summit in Hanoi. However, such a […]

G7 countries made a dangerous and unhelpful statement on North Korea

The joint statement issued by several nations’ foreign ministers at the G7 meeting in London this week is a huge step backwards for North Korea policy, reminiscent of George W. Bush’s “axis of evil” rhetoric from the early 2000s.  Unless quickly walked back and qualified, this statement effectively kills any chance of engagement with Pyongyang. The G7 countries […]

“Where are we, how did we get here and where are we going!?” Speech at World Korean Forum in Moscow

The seeds of this year’s crisis on the Peninsula were sown in 2019 when Kim’s surprisingly magnanimous offer in his 2019 New Year’s Address was disdainfully spurned in Hanoi by Donald Trump. It’s not clear whether it was knowing rejected or whether Washington just missed the sheep in wolf’s clothing. The problem is the New Year’s Address […]

Why There Are Few Good Options If Kim Jong-un Were to Die

Kim’s death will be when it’s convenient. The North Korean system is a well-oiled machine capable of running for weeks or months without his hands on the tiller of state, so a matter of days is unproblematic. It will barely be noticed. As we’ve seen in the previous two transitions there is a distinct lacuna […]

Glyn Ford talks about the Trump-Kim Talks in Vietnam

Track2Asia Director Glyn Ford talks with Prof Faisal Devji (University of Oxford) about the February 2019 summit in Vietnam between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un. Ford outlines how North Korean denuclearisation can only happen with serious security guarantees, and finds it unlikely any time in the near future, especially in light of the fate […]

Glyn Ford presents his book ‘Talking to North Korea’ at the Korea Society (New York)

Track2Asia Director Glyn Ford discusses his book ‘Talking to North Korea’ with Korea Society senior director Stephen Noerper. Informed by extraordinary access to the country’s leadership, Ford investigates the regime from the inside, acknowledging that North Korea is a deeply repressive state that nonetheless has sections of its leadership determined to end its isolation. The […]

What’s really driving North Korea’s nuclear quest?

orth Korea’s nuclear programme is the direct consequence of the US-UK adventurism of the past 25 years. Burned into Pyongyang’s psyche are the Western interventions in Iraq, Libya and Syria. When Muammar Gaddafi surrendered his nuclear ambitions in 2003, in order to be welcomed back into the global community, a suspicious Kim Jong-il was invited […]

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