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Benjamin Zimmer

Biden’s Peninsula: A Korea Policy Outline for a New Administration

Among the variety of foreign policy challenges the new Biden administration faces, effectively coordinating a policy toward the Korean peninsula is a critical challenge. After all, the peninsula is home to a key adversary and ally. North Korea The biggest issue inherited by the Biden administration is unraveling the personalized approach to North Korea favored…

Pyongyang’s Princess: The Rise of Kim Yo-Jong

Although Kim Yo-jong has taken on a prominent role within the North Korean regime, she is not poised to be a successor to Kim Jung-un.

In Kim’s Neighborhood: Regional Actors and US-DPRK Relations

Building off prior Charged Affairs articles, a co-authored article diving into the details of South Korea, Japan, and China's regional role in North Korea relations.

Coercive Coal: Chinese Energy Investment in Developing Countries

Chinese coal power investment increases the vulnerability of developing countries to Beijing’s coercive leverage.

Enhancing the Image: Chinese Renewable Energy Investment in OECD Europe

As China increases investments in renewable energy, questions about Beijing’s motivation arise, as these seemingly benign investments correlate with a rise in China’s perceived international reliability and responsibility.

Trusting the Enemy: Barriers to Diplomacy in US-North Korea Relationship

As the United States-North Korea relationship becomes more complex, a key hurdle for the two nations to address is a growing lack of trust. Addressing this lack of trust in the relationship can create a situation in which diplomacy can be effective.

Pressuring Friends: Recent Developments in the ROK-US Alliance

Since October several key issues—defense cost sharing and GSOMIA in particular—have caused contention in the United States-South Korea alliance. Rising pressure provides room for adversaries to exploit the alliance for their own gain and draws into question the many benefits of a strong alliance.

A Return to Militarism: The Symbolism of Recent North Korean Missile Tests

As the year comes to a close, North Korea's new nuclear missile tests should heighten security concerns for the United States and place pressure on the Trump Administration to change strategies.

Maritime Security on the Korean Peninsula: The Story of the Northern Limit Line

North Korea denuclearization may provide a path to ending violent clashes along the Northern Limit line, a long disputed maritime demarcation between North and South Korea.

Shrimp vs. Whale: South Korea’s Response to Japan’s Trade Restrictions

Japan and South Korea are locked in a tit-for-tat trade dispute after Japan levied trade restrictions on Korea’s biggest industry. The new restrictions have galvanized the Korean people, fraying high-Level ties between the two nations and sparking the grassroots Boycott Japan Movement in South Korea.

Biden’s Peninsula: A Korea Policy Outline for a New Administration

Among the variety of foreign policy challenges the new Biden administration faces, effectively coordinating a policy toward the Korean peninsula is a critical challenge. After all, the peninsula is home to a key adversary and ally. North Korea The biggest issue inherited by the Biden administration is unraveling the personalized approach to North Korea favored…

Pyongyang’s Princess: The Rise of Kim Yo-Jong

Although Kim Yo-jong has taken on a prominent role within the North Korean regime, she is not poised to be a successor to Kim Jung-un.

In Kim’s Neighborhood: Regional Actors and US-DPRK Relations

Building off prior Charged Affairs articles, a co-authored article diving into the details of South Korea, Japan, and China's regional role in North Korea relations.

Coercive Coal: Chinese Energy Investment in Developing Countries

Chinese coal power investment increases the vulnerability of developing countries to Beijing’s coercive leverage.

Enhancing the Image: Chinese Renewable Energy Investment in OECD Europe

As China increases investments in renewable energy, questions about Beijing’s motivation arise, as these seemingly benign investments correlate with a rise in China’s perceived international reliability and responsibility.

Trusting the Enemy: Barriers to Diplomacy in US-North Korea Relationship

As the United States-North Korea relationship becomes more complex, a key hurdle for the two nations to address is a growing lack of trust. Addressing this lack of trust in the relationship can create a situation in which diplomacy can be effective.

Pressuring Friends: Recent Developments in the ROK-US Alliance

Since October several key issues—defense cost sharing and GSOMIA in particular—have caused contention in the United States-South Korea alliance. Rising pressure provides room for adversaries to exploit the alliance for their own gain and draws into question the many benefits of a strong alliance.

A Return to Militarism: The Symbolism of Recent North Korean Missile Tests

As the year comes to a close, North Korea's new nuclear missile tests should heighten security concerns for the United States and place pressure on the Trump Administration to change strategies.

Maritime Security on the Korean Peninsula: The Story of the Northern Limit Line

North Korea denuclearization may provide a path to ending violent clashes along the Northern Limit line, a long disputed maritime demarcation between North and South Korea.

Shrimp vs. Whale: South Korea’s Response to Japan’s Trade Restrictions

Japan and South Korea are locked in a tit-for-tat trade dispute after Japan levied trade restrictions on Korea’s biggest industry. The new restrictions have galvanized the Korean people, fraying high-Level ties between the two nations and sparking the grassroots Boycott Japan Movement in South Korea.