East Asia Compass by Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra
To Withdraw or Not to Withdraw: South Korea’s Strategic Calculus and the GSOMIA
Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra · 26 Aug, 2020 · 5716
On 24 August, the General Security of
Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA), an intelligence-sharing agreement
between South Korea and Japan, was automatically extended for another year.
Article 21(3) of the agreement states: “Thi ...
‘Rotational’ Deployment of US Troops: Implications for Regional Security
Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra · 30 Jul, 2020 · 5710
On 21 July 2020, US Defense Secretary
Mark Esper said that the Pentagon is considering “readjustments” to US’
military presence across the world. They are seeking a “rotational”
deployment of forces for “strategic flexibility ...
Understanding Pyongyang’s Belligerence towards Seoul
Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra · 23 Jun, 2020 · 5699
On 16 June, North Korea blew up the Inter-Korean Liaison
Office in Gaeseong. This is being seen as symbolic of South Korea’s failure to
engage North Korea over the past few years. Effectively, North Korea has walked
out of all agreemen ...
What the Pandemic Looks Like in North Korea
Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra · 27 May, 2020 · 5693
At a time when even the most resourceful
countries have failed to keep themselves safe from the COVID-19 pandemic, North
Korea, despite its resource-scarcity, has reported no infections. Foreign
nationals who work in the country have sai ...
Strange Bedfellows: COVID-19 and the New Japan-China Camaraderie
Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra · 30 Apr, 2020 · 5683
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to fractures
in bilateral relationships with China amid growing international condemnation
of Beijing’s handling of the crisis, with one notable exception: Japan. Quite
strangely, the crisis has bought abo ...
Responding to a Pandemic: Lessons from South Korea
Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra · 31 Mar, 2020 · 5670
pandemic has engulfed large parts of the world, and while unprecedented
attempts have been made by several countries to mitigate the threat it poses to
their populations, it has been nearly impossible to control the spread. ...
US, South Korea, and Japan: Recognising the Value of Alliances
Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra · 28 Feb, 2020 · 5653
On 24 February 2020, South Korean Defence Minister Jeong
Kyeong-doo met his American counterpart, Secretary of Defence Mark Esper, in
Washington. The meeting did not result in a breakthrough on the issue of
cost-sharing for US troop pres ...
A New Phase in US-North Korean Denuclearisation Talks?
Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra · 27 Jan, 2020 · 5646
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, by recently replacing his foreign and defence ministers, has indicated his
intent to take a tough stand on the issue of denuclearisation. On 18 and 22
January 2020, Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho was replaced ...
Making Sense of China's Diplomatic Fig Leaf to South Korea
Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra · 23 Dec, 2019 · 5638
China, after a period of bad blood with South
Korea, appears to be offering a fig leaf to its neighbour. What is the
background to this latest development, and what is in it for the China, as well
as South Korea and the US, who are all s ...
South Korea’s Strategic Move on GSOMIA
Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra · 19 Nov, 2019 · 5631
intelligence-sharing pact between South Korea and Japan, called the General
Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA), was given ‘provisional’ extension
by South Korea only hours before it was to expire on 23 N ...