Enter Pyongyang

Pyongyang
Griffith Asia Institute
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A new promotional video supposedly showing the every-day life of the North Korean capital of Pyongyang has recently been released online. However Professor Andrew O’Neil from the Griffith Asia Institute says viewers should not let themselves be distracted by pretty pictures and flashy imagery. “The overwhelming majority of North Koreans are brutally repressed by a […]

Keeping it in the family

Griffith Asia Institute
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Griffith Asia Institute Director, Andrew O’Neil was mentioned today (Thursday 27 February) in an article by The Australian. The article, written by Rowan Callick, focuses on the family connections increasingly found in Asian government. – – – – – THE big family business in Asia today is not running companies, but controlling countries. Every kind […]

Japan, Russia agree to boost military cooperation

Griffith Asia Institute
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After the end of their first high-level defence and diplomatic talks, Japan and Russia have agreed to step up security cooperation and to hold joint military and anti-piracy exercises. Japan, Russia agree to boost military cooperation.  The move comes amid growing concern over North Korea and Japan’s worsening relations with China.  Yet Japan and Russia […]

Things just got a little more tense on the Korean peninsula

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In an opinion piece for The Interpreter, Professor Andrew O’Neil writes ‘For those watching developments on the Korean peninsula, the default position is to gauge North Korean behaviour as the barometer for stability and instability in the region. However, this week, evidence that South Korea is becoming increasingly nervous about North Korea’s evolving strategic capabilities […]

Burma and North Korea: Again? Still?

Griffith Asia Institute
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Burma promised the US President Obama last year that their military ties with North Korea would be severed. However evidence from Burma suggests that this is not the case. Dr Andrew Selth takes a closer look at this issue in his article for The Lowy Institutes The Interpreter: http://www.lowyinterpreter.org/post/2013/07/10/Burma-and-North-Korea-Again-Still.aspx