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April 23, 2018

The New Great Game in the Indo-Pacific

This past March saw a mini-crisis develop in the Indian Ocean and it all revolved around the tiny island nation of Maldives. The crisis began in earnest after Maldivian President Yameen Abdul Gayoom declared a state of emergency after rejecting a Supreme …

Posted in Asia, Opinion Editorial
April 19, 2018

Dr John Hemmings speaks to BBC World about the Abe-Trump Summit and North Korea

Posted in Broadcast Appearances, North Korea

Can Donald Trump do a deal with Kim Jong-un without selling out a key regional ally?

The outlines of a Trump Doctrine are beginning to emerge. It is mercurial, flexible, and tactically volatile, but to paraphrase Polonius there is method to the madness.
The question is: can Trump give Kim Jong-un what he needs to make the …

Posted in North Korea, Opinion Editorial
April 6, 2018

China tariffs could undermine US-North Korea progress

The proposed U.S. tariffs on more than 1,300 Chinese products could turn the rising tensions between Washington and Beijing into more of a geopolitical than economic issue and undermine progress with North Korea.

President Xi Jinping met with North Korean leader …

Posted in China, News Coverage
March 29, 2018

Dr John Hemmings discusses diplomacy on the Korean Peninsula on CTV

Posted in Broadcast Appearances, North Korea

Against all odds, is Trump about to solve the North Korea nuclear crisis?

The arrival in Beijing of a long, armoured North Korean train was as mysterious as it was sudden. Who could it be? Kim Jong-un hadn’t publicly left his country since he became leader in 2011, fearful perhaps of a military …

Posted in North Korea, Opinion Editorial
March 28, 2018

China and North Korea Just Sent a Very Clear Message to Donald Trump

The announcement Tuesday of Kim Jong Un’s unprecedented visit to Beijing is a direct message to the White House that the U.S. is not the only superpower with interests in the Korean peninsula, a regional expert said Wednesday.
During the four-day trip, Kim …

Posted in News Coverage, North Korea
March 27, 2018

Did Kim Jong-un just make a flying visit to Beijing?

At 2pm on Monday, a mysterious emerald green train arrived in Beijing.

A heavy security presence greeted the locomotive as it pulled into the capital’s railway station. More than a dozen services had been put on hold to clear the tracks.

Who could possibly …

Posted in News Coverage, North Korea
March 12, 2018

Dr John Hemmings appears on BBC Radio Ulster to discuss Trump’s proposed meeting with North Korea

Posted in Broadcast Appearances, North Korea

There is a slim but real chance of peace in Korea – as long as the US doesn’t concede too much

Happy day: the news that President Trump has agreed to a summit with North Korea’s Kim Jung-un sometime in May at last raises the possibility of de-escalating the long-simmering crisis. But before we start cracking out the bubbly and nominating for …

Posted in North Korea, Opinion Editorial
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