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    China's Bullying Proves South Korea's Yoon Is on the Right Track

    An escalating war of words between Beijing and Seoul is raising pressure on South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol to take a softer line with China. Instead, the Yoon administration should see Beijing's threats of punishment as vindication for further strengthening and expanding Seoul's alliance with the United States.

    Jul 5, 2023

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    North Korea, Russia and China: The Developing Trilateral Imperialist Partnership

    There are no easy ways for the United States and its allies to counter the developing Russia-China–North Korea partnership. But there are options to consider and steps to take. There are also fissures in their relationships to exploit.

    Sep 13, 2023

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    Commentary

    Obama's Foreign Policy Team and U.S.-Korean Relations

    The concrete contours of President Obama's foreign policy team have finally begun to emerge. What is intriguing is how many assignments are being given to those who have worked on the Korean peninsula, writes Chaibong Hahm.

    Feb 16, 2009

  • Journal Article

    Journal Article

    Old-age Income Security and Private Transfers in South Korea

    We examined the relative contributions of government income support programs and familial transfers to old-age income security in Korea.

    Jan 1, 2009

  • Report

    Report

    Lessons from Six Decades of Research on Deterrence, From Cold War to Long War

    The United States' 2006 reversal of its 2002 proclamation that deterrence was irrelevant to most future national security strategies is bolstered by research which shows that deterrence will likely play an ongoing role in U.S. efforts to manage a variety of threats, including both near-peer competitors and terrorist organizations.

    Oct 8, 2008

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    Georgia Dispute Derails Bid to Stop Nuke Terrorism

    Given American concerns about nuclear proliferation and the possibility of nuclear terrorism, tying U.S.-Russian cooperation in the nuclear domain with the current Russia-Georgia quarrel may amount to shooting ourselves in the foot in a misguided attempt to punish Russia, writes Brian Michael Jenkins.

    Oct 6, 2008

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    A Nuclear 9/11?

    Will terrorists go nuclear? It is a question that worried public officials and frightened citizens have been asking for decades. It is no less of a worry today, as we ponder the seventh anniversary of 9/11, writes Brian Michael Jenkins.

    Sep 11, 2008

  • Report

    Report

    South Korea Achieves Democracy Despite Previous Obstacles

    Key successes in achieving reform and development – particularly the creation of government stakesholders, the broadening of the ideological spectrum, collaboration between political factions, and major internal and external shocks – have contributed to the consolidation of the democratic system.

    Aug 19, 2008

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    Report

    Meeting America's Security Challenges Beyond Iraq

    In a conference cohosted by RAND and the Center for Naval Analyses Corporation, members of the U.S. defense community discussed approaches to meeting the challenges of a demanding future security environment.

    Aug 11, 2008

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    Report

    A President's Early Foreign Policy, National Security Success Depends on Transition

    The foreign policy success of incoming presidents, particularly in the early years of a presidency, is largely determined by how well the new administration learns from the successes and failures of the outgoing president.

    Jul 29, 2008

  • Research Brief

    Research Brief

    Nuclear-Armed Regional Adversaries: How Deterrable Are They Likely to Be?

    This research brief describes a study of nuclear-armed regional adversaries, which suggests that U.S. policymakers and commanders will want to field improved capabilities that can prevent (rather than deter) an enemy's use of nuclear weapons.

    Jul 18, 2008

  • Report

    Report

    Dangerous Thresholds: Managing Escalation in the 21st Century

    Historical examples and the analysis of two modified Delphi exercises augment an examination of approaches to escalation management within the demands of today’s security environment and its attendant threats involving not only long-standing nuclear powers, but also insurgent groups and terrorists.

    Jul 8, 2008

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    The North Korean Human Rights Standoff

    A hold on the nomination of veteran diplomat Kathleen Stephens to the post of Ambassador to South Korea is unfortunate and could ultimately prove self-defeating, writes Chaibong Hahm.

    Jul 3, 2008

  • Report

    Report

    Breaking the Failed-State Cycle

    The predominant threat to U.S. security in the 21st century comes not from the actions of opposing countries but from the fallout of collapsing ones. The world’s leading states can and should help the citizens of failed states by integrating efforts to reduce violence, advance the economy, and reform government.

    Apr 6, 2008

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    A New National Strategy for Korea: North Korea Threats Require Deterrence, Reconciliation

    Over the last five years, the South Korean government has tried to downplay the military threat posed by North Korea. However North Korea still poses a serious military threat to South Korea, writes Bruce Bennett.

    Mar 13, 2008

  • Report

    Report

    Brain Korea 21 Phase II: A New Evaluation Model (Korean-language version)

    Presents an evaluation model to assess the impact of the Brain Korea 21 program, which seeks to make Korean research universities globally competitive and to produce more high-quality researchers in Korea.

    Mar 12, 2008

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    Brain Korea 21 Phase II: A New Evaluation Model

    Presents an evaluation model to assess the impact of the Brain Korea 21 program, which seeks to make Korean research universities globally competitive and to produce more high-quality researchers in Korea.

    Mar 11, 2008

  • News Release

    News Release

    RAND Study Offers Ways to Help North Korea Peacefully Modernize Its Political, Economic Structure

    An unprecedented joint report by researchers from the U.S., China, Russia, Japan and South Korea recommends a new approach to promoting the modernization of North Korea.

    Mar 10, 2008

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    Report

    Modernizing the North Korean System

    An unprecedented joint report by researchers from the U.S., China, Russia, Japan and South Korea recommends a new approach to promoting the modernization of North Korea, as well as a

    Mar 3, 2008

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    Commercial Book

    Understanding Asian Geopolitics

    Post-Cold War Asia is increasingly unstable due to changes in relationships among the major countries, risks to the globalization process that underlay U.S. Cold War successes, and failure so far of U.S. strategies to adapt to the new environment.

    Jan 1, 2008

  • Report

    Report

    Domestic Trends in the United States, China, and Iran: Implications for U.S. Security Planning

    The U.S. Navy faces uncertainty about the need to prepare for a high-end future conflict against a powerful, well-armed opponent versus the so-called Long War against rogue nations and terrorist organizations. The answer depends to a large extent on the evolution of U.S. relations with China and Iran and the future of the United States itself.

    Jan 1, 2008

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