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March 25th, 2014

Trilateral summit to address the North Korea problem

In a March 22 interview with the Seoul Shinmun newspaper, KSP associate director David Straub discussed the U.S. role in bringing together South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Japanese Prime Minister Abe in a trilateral summit with President Obama to address the North Korea problem. Read more »



February 25th, 2014

Effectiveness of the balloon campaign is questioned

In an interview with Ars Technica about the visit to the Bay area of North Korean defectors, KSP associate director David Straub criticized their launching of propaganda-carrying balloons into North Korea as irresponsible in light of North Korean threats to retaliate by again attacking South Korea militarily. Although not included in the published interview, Straub prefaced his comments by noting that he "strongly agree[d] on the need to provide the North Korean people with as much information as possible about the outside world and their situation in it," but questioned the effectiveness of the balloon campaign compared to other, less provocative means.




December 20th, 2013

North Korea's strange, bloody mistake

Shorenstein APARC Op-ed: Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists on December 20, 2013

Gi-Wook Shin and David Straub analyze North Korea’s execution of Jang Song-taek and its implications on nuclear negotiation channels. They point out how Kim Jong Un’s leadership purge may prompt China to align more closely with the U.S. and South Korea on their likely push for heightened sanctions in the coming months.




December 19th, 2013

Elimination of Jang Song-taek contradicts usual narrative in North Korea

Shorenstein APARC Op-ed

In this op-ed, Gi-Wook Shin and David Straub discuss North Korea’s puzzling execution of Jang Song-taek and the social, economic, and political problems facing Kim Jong Un’s regime. They suggest that Jang’s execution may be an attempt to consolidate power and to shore-up support within the country. Shin and Straub point out that the revelations made to justify the purge and execution also act to delegitimize the regime by sending confused signals to the international community, in particular to China and South Korea over their recent economic engagement. They propose that the U.S., South Korea, and China may be able to use this as an opportunity to influence Kim and convince him to relinquish North Korea’s nuclear stockpile, among other goals. Read more »



December 13th, 2013

Reports of Jang Song-thaek, Kim Jong Un’s uncle, execution may signal unstable regime in North Korea

Shorenstein APARC, FSI Stanford News

Removal of Jang Song-thaek, North Korea's prominent figure and Kim Jong-un's uncle, may signal unstable regime lead by Kim, Shorenstein APARC experts weigh in. Read more »




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Q&A: Stanford's Emmerson on Obama's upcoming trip to Asia
Emmerson also will join three other Stanford scholars — Thomas Fingar, Daniel Sneider and David Straub — for a panel discussion on Obama's tour.
October 25, 2010 in Stanford Report

Tough Transition Awaits N. Korean Heir-Apparent
David Straub, a former State Department specialist on North Korea who is now at Stanford, says that book includes some observations about the younger Kim.
September 28, 2010 in NPR

Tough Transition Awaits North Korean Heir-Apparent
David Straub, a former State Department specialist on North Korea who is now at Stanford, says that book includes some observations about the younger Kim.
September 28, 2010 in NPR

North Korea's Next Leader A Surprising Secret
... the outside world, says David Straub, a longtime Korea specialist at the State Department, now with the Korea studies department at Stanford University.
September 12, 2010 in NPR

'Two Koreas unlikely to head into armed clash'
"I think such worries are premature," said David Straub, a former senior foreign service officer of the US State Department, who now serves as the associate ...
May 27, 2010 in Korea Times