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
    The COVID-19 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
    The military 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 ...
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