North Korea, formerly known as the hermit kingdom, is perhaps the largest source of instability as regards world peace. Its border is one of the most militarized in the world. The lack of impartial information, both inside and coming out of the country, is the perfect setting [continue reading].
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Heavily armed fanatics stormed Bacha Khan university near Peshawar in the volatile northwest on Wednesday, leaving dozens dead and injured. One chemistry professor took on the Taliban single-handedly [sic] to let his students escape the Pakistan university massacre that left [continue reading].
Stephen Haggard takes a forensic look at agreement between Seoul and Pyongyang and considers what it might mean for diplomacy on the peninsula. Stephan Haggard is a professor of Korea-Pacific studies at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at UC San Diego. Another whirl in [continue reading].
Japan’s leaders will make a landmark statement on Friday marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two. The exact choice of words Prime Minister Shinzo Abe uses to apologise for wartime aggression will be closely analysed. As the BBC’s Mariko Oi says, he [continue reading].
Japan inflicted “immeasurable damage and suffering on innocent people” during World War Two, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said as he expressed “profound grief” for those who died. In a much-anticipated speech marking 70 years since Japan [continue reading].
Seventy years after the end of World War Two, revisionism in Japan is growing stronger and becoming more mainstream. Some are denying that Japan committed war atrocities, including forcing women in China, South Korea and South East Asia to be comfort women, or sex slaves for [continue reading].