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Charles Armstrong

North Korea specialist, Director of the Center for Korean Research at Columbia University

Charles Armstrong appears in the following:

The Annual North Korean Missile Crisis

Friday, April 05, 2013

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s escalating threats against the US earned him a prominent spot in this week’s news cycle. Charles Armstrong, Director of Columbia University’s Center for Korean Research, tells Brooke that North Korean threats are not only cyclical - they’re seasonal.

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Tough Talk From North Korea

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Charles Armstrong, director of the center for Korean Research at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), discusses Kim Jong Un's threats to South Korea and U.S. and whether it's just bluster or poses a real threat to the region and the United States.

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North Korea Threatens Pre-Emptive Nuclear Strike

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Reacting to the prospect of more UN sanctions, North Korea is, for the first time, threatening a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States and South Korea -- an attack that would turn Washington and Seoul into "a sea in flames." Charles Armstrong, director of the Center for Korean Research at Columbia University explains what's behind these threats and how the international community should respond.

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After Kim Jong-il

Monday, December 19, 2011

Following the death of dictator Kim Jong-il, Charles Armstrong, director of the center for Korean Research at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), discusses what's next for North Korea and the region.

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What are the North Koreans Looking to Accomplish?

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

North Korea's artillery attack on a South Korean island yesterday morning remains somewhat of a mystery, but many have guesses as to rationales for the attack. North Korea says the South started it by firing recklessly into North Korean territory, which the South denies. Some say North Korea did it to gain international attention because of their severe food shortages. And others, like Charles Armstrong, director of the Center for Korean Research at Columbia University, believe they want to send a simple message: that they should be taken very seriously.

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Conflict Between North Korea and South Korea

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Charles Armstrong, director of the Center for Korean Research at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs discusses the current flare in tensions on the Korean Peninsula. The countries exchanged artillery fire today, with two South Korean soldiers killed. This followed North Korea's unveiling of a new uranium enrichment facility on Saturday. 

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North Korean Leader Promotes Youngest Son

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Reclusive North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has promoted his youngest son, Kim Jong-un, to the rank of general, just one day before a rare meeting of North Korea's ruling Workers Party. The move added to speculation that Kim Jong-un will take over for his ailing father in the future. 

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Tensions Reach Boiling Point on Korean Peninsula

Friday, May 21, 2010

North Korea has threatened to wage a "full-scale war" against South Korea after the country accused its northern neighbor of sinking a warship on March 26. The South Korean government says it has forensic evidence that North Korea sank one of its warships, killing 46 sailors, but North Korea denies the charges and says the formal accusations could escalate tensions. The country has also threatened to engage in military action if South Korea implements punishments.

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Redefining U.S. Relations with North Korea

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Bill Clinton’s brief trip to Pyongyang secured the freedom of two American journalists, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, who were imprisoned in North Korea. But what does the visit between Clinton and the elusive Kim Jong Il say about the future of U.S.- North Korean relations? The Takeaway's guest, Professor Charles Armstrong, is Director of the Center for Korean Research at Columbia University. He explains how the former president's visit could help break through the diplomatic log jam.

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New York Philharmonic Across the Axis of Evil

Monday, February 25, 2008

Korean American listeners and Charles Armstrong, associate professor of history and director of the Center for Korean Research at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), weigh in on the Philharmonic's trip to North Korea. John Schaefer, host of WNYC's Soundcheck, calls in from Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, ...

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