04/14/2021 News & Commentary – National Security

04/14/2021 News & Commentary – National Security News and Commentary by Dave Maxwell.  Edited and Published by Daniel Riggs 1.  ODNI Releases 2021 Annual Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community 2. Unconventional Warfare and Foreign Internal Defense in the Joint Doctrine Encyclopedia 3.  Will Afghanistan Become a Terrorism Safe Haven Once Again? 4. Afghanistan’s Situation Didn’t Change. American […]

04/12/2021 News & Commentary – Korea

04/12/2021 News & Commentary – Korea News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Daniel Riggs. 1. Former N. Korean child beggar runs for local election in U.K. 2. ‘Worst ever’ threat to Kim Jong Un’s rule 3.  U.S.,S. Korea: KN-23 shows irregular trajectory including pull-up maneuver 4. Iran Calls On South Korea To Release Funds Frozen Under […]

04/09/2021 News & Commentary – Korea

04/09/2021 News & Commentary – Korea News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Daniel Riggs. 1. U.S. still in final stage of ‘careful’ N. Korea policy: State Dept. 2.  Top Priority: North Korean Human Rights in 2021 (HRNK) 3. Civil and Political Rights in the Republic of Korea: Implications for Human Rights on the Peninsula 4. North […]

04/08/2021 News & Commentary – Korea

04/08/2021 News & Commentary – Korea News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Daniel Riggs. 1. South Korean Conservatives Are on the Rise a Year Before Presidential Election 2. FDD | North Korean Human Rights Should Unite the U.S.-ROK Alliance, Not Divide It 3. General Officer Assignments – USAF (new SOCKOR Commander) 4. South Koreans See […]

04/06/2021 News & Commentary – Korea

04/06/2021 News & Commentary – Korea News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Daniel Riggs. 1. The Japan-US Summit and Cooperation With South Korea 2. Detente May Be an Option With North Korea 3. North Korean workers in Russia defect to South Korea 4. U.S. takes alliance commitment with S. Korea very seriously: Pentagon spokesman 5. North Korea […]

04/04/2021 News & Commentary – Korea

04/04/2021 News & Commentary – Korea News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Daniel Riggs. 1. KNDA chancellor casts critical eye on Korea-US alliance in new book 2. NK’s denuclearization receives fresh attention at top security meetings 3. Pyongyang hunkers down to explore next move 4. US, China push South Korea into tricky balancing act 5. US, Japan, […]

04/02/2021 News & Commentary – Korea

04/02/2021 News & Commentary – Korea News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Daniel Riggs. 1. Denuclearization will be at center of new N. Korea policy: State Dept. 2. U.S. ‘very much open’ to feedback from allies on N. Korea policy 3. Reaching Underground Believers & Guiding Others in Flight: Silent Partners Assist North Koreans under […]

03/26/2021 News & Commentary – Korea

03/26/2021 News & Commentary – Korea News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Riley Murray.   1. Six North Korean Soldiers Cross River Border to Escape to China 2. It Is Time for a Realistic Bargain With North Korea 3. North Korean Survey Reveals More than 100 Deaths, 13,000 ‘Suspected’ COVID-19 Cases in One Province 4. North […]

03/25/2021 News & Commentary – Korea

03/25/2021 News & Commentary – Korea News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Daniel Riggs. 1. N. Korea’s missile launch may be timed to precede Biden’s first press briefing: NIS 2. S. Korea deeply concerned about N. Korea’s projectile launch: NSC 3. Gov’t Becomes Craven Lackey of N.Korean Dictatorship 4. Clarity, not ambiguity 5. How dangerous is North […]

03/22/2021 News & Commentary – Korea

03/22/2021 News & Commentary – Korea News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Daniel Riggs 1. ‘Denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula’: Pyongyang’s trick language for keeping its nukes 2. 5 Takeaways From Investigating Covert Oil Deliveries to North Korea 3. South Korea Hints It May Strengthen Military Ties With Japan 4. U.S. Flags Human Rights Concerns in S.Korea […]

03/19/2021 News & Commentary – Korea

03/19/2021 News & Commentary – Korea News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Daniel Riggs. 1. N. Korea says it will sever diplomatic relations with Malaysia for extraditing citizen to U.S. 2.  S. Korea, U.S. launch working-level policy dialogue 3.  Did Moon Block Use of ‘Denuclearization’ in Joint Statement with U.S.? 4. US Secretary of Defense says […]

03/18/2021 News & Commentary – National Security

03/18/2021 News & Commentary – National Security News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Daniel Riggs. 1. Burden Sharing: Benefits and Costs Associated with the U.S. Military Presence in Japan and South Korea 2. Opinion | Rising to the Challenge of China 3. Why Washington Is Fed Up With Beijing 4. U.S. Seeks to Counter China’s Full-Court […]

03/16/2021 News & Commentary – National Security

03/16/2021 News & Commentary – National Security News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Daniel Riggs. 1. Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin with Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Defense Minister Nobua Kishi Before Their Meeting 2. Surprise Attack: How China Could Start a War Against Taiwan 3. INDOPACOM Drafts Regional Strategy […]

03/09/2021 News & Commentary – Korea

03/09/2021 News & Commentary – Korea News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Daniel Riggs. 1. Washington, Seoul reach consensus on new ‘6-year’ special measures agreement for US Forces Korea: US 2. State Dept.: U.S. did not ‘make demands’ on South Korea in cost-sharing negotiations 3.  S. Korea considers joining Quad Plus to steer U.S. toward […]

03/08/2021 News & Commentary – Korea

03/08/2021 News & Commentary – Korea News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Daniel Riggs. 1. U.S., South Korean Negotiators Reach a Cost-Sharing Accord on Troops 2. Cost-sharing deal finally clinched, amount not disclosed 3. Seoul still faces complications despite defense cost-sharing deal 4. The Case for North Korea Sanctions 5. Pentagon Nominee Hints at Downsizing U.S. […]

03/05/2021 News & Commentary – Korea

03/05/2021 News & Commentary – Korea News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Daniel Riggs. 1. US foreign, defense chiefs may visit Seoul this month: sources 2. Reports: U.S., South Korea to commence scaled-down military exercises 3. ‘Robust’ N. Korea sanctions needed to prevent nuclear proliferation: defense nominee 4. U.S. defense chief shortlists N. Korea as ‘nation-state […]

03/03/2020 News & Commentary – National Security

03/03/2020 News & Commentary – National Security News and Commentary by Dave Maxwell.  Edited and published by Daniel Riggs 1. Understanding the CCP Threat | Indo-Pacific Defense Forum 2. Look who’s embracing ‘America First’ now | Opinion 3. Opinion | The Military’s Extremism Problem Is Our Problem 4. The factors that could lead to war between the US and […]

03/03/2020 News & Commentary – Korea

03/03/2020 News & Commentary – Korea News & Commentary by Dave Maxwell.  Edited and published by Daniel Riggs 1. Senator Markey and Rep. Levin to Reintroduce Legislation to Expedite Lifesaving Humanitarian Assistance to the People of North Korea 2. Sanctions not sole reason for humanitarian crisis in N. Korea: unification ministry 3. South Korean lawmakers urge enforcement of […]

02/27/2021 News & Commentary – National Security

02/27/2021 News & Commentary – National Security News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Daniel Riggs. 1. Flip the gray zone script: How the US can customize its approach to China 2. Accountability for the Murder of Jamal Khashoggi – United States Department of State (implications for South Korea??) 3. How the Pentagon Got Inside ISIS’ […]

02/27/2021 News & Commentary – Korea

02/27/2021 News & Commentary – Korea News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Daniel Riggs. 1. Cyber warrior’s glimpse into Kim’s Operation Chaos 2. U.S., South Korea Near a Deal Over Cost of U.S. Forces on Peninsula 3. North Korea using prison labor to defy sanctions, group says 4. Lazarus Targets Defense Companies with ThreatNeedle Malware 5. My […]

02/23/2021 News & Commentary – Korea

02/23/2021 News & Commentary – Korea News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Daniel Riggs. 1. US remains focused on NK denuclearization: Blinken 2. A Principled US Diplomatic Strategy Toward North Korea Small Wars Journal3. Record 40.4% in Japan see ties with South Korea as ‘not important’ 4. Unification minister renews calls for inter-Korean response system against […]

02/15/2021 News & Commentary – Korea

02/15/2021 News & Commentary – Korea News and Commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and Published by Riley Murray.   1. Freedom and Alliance in Jeopardy in South Korea: An Insider’s Testimony By Inho Lee 2. Korea ‘Not Ready’ to Take over Troop Control in Wartime 3. U.S., Korea ‘Nearing Agreement’ on USFK Cost-Sharing 4. Moon says S. Korea-U.S. alliance […]

02/12/2021 News & Commentary – Korea

02/12/2021 News & Commentary – Korea News and Commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and Published by Riley Murray.   1. FM Chung, Blinken stress close cooperation for complete denuclearization of Korean Peninsula 2. North Korea can change but won’t fall 3. N. Korean Foreign Minister Ri named politburo member 4. NGO urges withdrawal of Harvard professor’s paper casting wartime […]

02/11/2020 News & Commentary – Korea

02/11/2020 News & Commentary – Korea News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Daniel Riggs. 1. US State Department “Pressure on THAAD in China, Unfair and Inappropriate… Plans to Strengthen North Korean Missile Response 2.  South Korea, Conventional Capabilities, and the Future of the Korean Peninsula 3. US and South Korea nearing agreement on cost sharing […]

02/09/2020 News & Commentary – Korea

02/09/2020 News & Commentary – Korea News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Daniel Riggs. 1. Between Seoul and Sole Purpose: How the Biden Administration Could Assure South Korea and Adapt Nuclear Posture 2. NK leader blasts self-protectionism in assembly 3. Iran and North Korea Resumed Cooperation on Missiles, UN Says 4. Trump’s failure is Biden’s […]

02/08/2020 News & Commentary – Korea

02/08/2020 News & Commentary – Korea News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Daniel Riggs. 1. South Korea’s view on North Korea nuclear issue may cause friction with US 2. North Korea’s human rights most divisive issue for South Korea, US 3. The man with a plan for Korean Peninsula peace (Moon Chung-in) 4. [INTERVIEW] Chinese envoy […]

2/5/2021 News & Commentary – Korea

2/5/2021 News & Commentary – Korea News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Duncan Moore. 1. Suspending U.S.-ROK military exercises will not facilitate peace negotiations 2. Kim Jong Un’s family tree: what you need to know about North Korea’s dynasty 3. FM nominee cautious on large-scale S. Korea-U.S. exercises, notes need for ‘proper […]

01/30/2021 News & Commentary – Korea

01/30/2021 News & Commentary – Korea News and Commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and Published by Riley Murray.   1. Ruling Party Membership No Longer Automatic for North Korean Soldiers 2. North Korean magazine depicts an upbeat 2020 unlike elsewhere 3. Personnel moves offer hints to Biden’s approach to North Korea 4. Biden and both Koreas 5. Controversy erupts over […]

1/29/2021 News & Commentary – Korea

1/29/2021 News & Commentary – Korea News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Duncan Moore. 1. U.S. committed to keeping readiness of USFK through exercises: Pentagon official 2. ‘Joint military drills are negotiable with N. Korea,’ say Suh Wook 3. Moon still waiting for his phone time with Biden 4. Most Korea-U.S. defense […]

1/26/2021 News & Commentary – Korea

1/26/2021 News & Commentary – Korea News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Duncan Moore. 1. Another North Korean diplomat defects to South Korea 2. Kim’s diplomatic warriors defecting one by one 3. Google: North Korean hackers have targeted security researchers via social media 4. What kind of North Korea will Biden face? […]