David StraubAssociate Director of Korean Studies Program
Nominee for next US ambassador to South KoreaShorenstein APARC, KSP News
Korean Studies Program Associate Director David Straub says that Mark Lippert, President Obama's nominee to be the next American ambassador to South Korea, will be effective because he is personally close to the president and has extensive foreign and security policy experience despite his relative youth.
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 »
Effectiveness of the balloon campaign is questionedKSP News
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.
North Korea's strange, bloody mistakeShorenstein APARC, KSP 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.
- » Op-ed: Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (12/20/2013)
- » Revised and re-published in East Asia Forum (2/12/2014)
Shorenstein APARC, KSP 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 »