Category Archives: International Relations

International Relations (IR) is the study of relationships between countries and nation-states. IR considers the roles of states, inter-governmental organizations (IGOs), international nongovernmental organizations (INGOs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and multinational corporations (MNCs). It is both an Academic and Public Policy vocation, as it seeks to both analyze, as well as formulate, the foreign policy of nation-states. IR is often considered a branch of Political Science but is better described as an interdisciplinary field of study.

Apart from Political Science, IR draws upon Economics, History, International Law, Philosophy, Geography, Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, and Area Studies. IR studies a diverse range of issues including, but not limited to: globalization, state sovereignty, sovereign risk, ecological sustainability, nuclear proliferation, nationalism, economic development, global finance, terrorism, organized crime, human security, foreign interventionism, human rights and political economy.

Threat Analysis: North Korea as a State Sponsor of Terrorism

I offer some perfunctory analysis after spending the day reading/watching/listening to a plethora of intelligence (Open Source and otherwise) on the topic of North Korea (DPRK) and its spectacularly coiffured leader Kim Jong-un (KJu). This is the first time I’ve … Continue reading

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BBC: North Korea Claims CIA Plotted to Kill Kim Jong-un

The BBC is reporting (as is every mainstream media network) that North Korea has uncovered a joint CIA/South Korean plot to assassinate Kim Jong-un by a North Korean agent identified only as “Kim”. My take: even if such an assassination … Continue reading

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NORTH KOREAN LEADERSHIP MONIKERS SINCE 1973

Collected (but not translated) by Sundar J.M. Brown, ed. OMG OMG OMG unbelievably entertaining! I’ve gotta learn Korean. I couldn’t resist making some parenthetical comments: 친애하는 지도자 [親愛하는 指導者] Dear Leader 존경하는 지도자 [尊敬하는 指導者] Respected Leader 현명한 지도자 [賢明한 … Continue reading

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Starting the Day the North Korean Way

  by Sundar J.M. Brown, ed. 0700: Kicking it off with an earlier-than-usual morning video-conference intelligence briefing on DPRK. Perhaps an inauspicious start to the day considering the topic, but here we go. At least the wildly bombastic North Korean … Continue reading

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The Real Nat’l Security Threat: Liberals’ Imagined Politics of Exclusion

A few general thoughts on the serious dangers to national security and American unity posed by the imaginary/imagined politics of hard-liberal hysteria “thinkers”: We must note, with caution and preparation, how the hard-liberal advocates of allegedly non-violent means have become … Continue reading

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ASSASSINATION: Russian Ambassador Publicly Gunned Down by Radical Islamist in Turkey

ASSASSINATION: Russian Ambassador Publicly Gunned Down by Radical Islamist in Turkey Continue reading

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Summarizing Trump: FOREIGN POLICY

“Foreign policy will be singularly focused on Making America Safe Again by destroying radical Islamic terrorist groups. End the nuclear deal with Iran and the ransom payments to the world’s number one state sponsor of terrorism. America will stand with … Continue reading

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