North Korea Needs More International Partners to Weather Its Food Crisis
North Korea has long been one of the most isolated countries in the world, but its isolation became even more extreme amid the pandemic. The country has cut off its few ties and prolonged diplomatic activities with the outside world due to its border shutdown after the outbreak of COVID-19.
In the name of combating the pandemic, Pyongyang has essentially halted all foreign interactions, including state visits, exchanges of delegations, international cooperation, and humanitarian aid. No Western foreign diplomats and humanitarian workers are left in the country, as the last remaining two U.N. staff left the North in March 2021, and the Romanian Embassy, the last European diplomatic presence, also decided to close down in October of that year. Currently, a few foreign diplomats from Russia, China, Cuba, Vietnam, Laos, Mongolia, Syria, and Egypt are still remaining in North Korea as points of contact.
South Korea’s Indo-Pacific Strategy, Atmanirbhar Bharat, and the IPEF: Convergence and Commonality
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Risk Reduction and Crisis Management on the Korean Peninsula
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Washington Declaration: Beyond Korea, What it Means for India?
In April 2023, South Korea and the United States released the Washington Declaration to reiterate and upgrade their treaty alliance. In outlining a joint nuclear deterrence strategy, the Declaration reaffirmed […]
Taiwan and the Diplomatic Squeeze
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India in a world of asymmetrical multipolarity
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Abandoning Neutrality, Absorbing Multipolarity: India and Sweden by 2047
Pragmatism and polarised positioning have become the new normal in foreign policy decision making – and Sweden and India are no exception. Sweden moved away from and perhaps permanently abandoned […]