The following is a collection of short policy briefs by USKI affiliated scholars.

The Korean Wave in American Politics,” by Eunjung Lim and Dennis P. Halpin (September 11, 2015)

Abe Plays the North Korea Card,” by Dennis P. Halpin (April 10, 2014)

With the recent round of Japan-North Korea informal talks in China last weekend and reported hopes for another round of formal bilateral negotiations in the near future, Dennis P. Halpin, USKI Visiting Scholar, examines the possible motivations driving this seeming rapprochement.

Teddy Roosevelt and the Taft-Katsura Agreement,” by Dennis P. Halpin (September 11, 2013)

On August 14, 2013, an article from the Korea Times quoted Dr. Kim Hak-joon, president of the Northeast Asian History Foundation (NAHF), who suggested former President Theodore Roosevelt be stripped of his 1906 Nobel Peace Prize. Dennis P. Halpin, USKI Visiting Scholar, examines the history of the Taft-Katsura Agreement in defense of Roosevelt’s legacy.

MacArthur Document Reports Imperial Japanese Military’s “Sanction” of Comfort Women Brothels,” by Dennis P. Halpin (August 15, 2013)

The Yomiuri Shimbun published a controversial editorial that challenged the characterization of comfort women as “sex slaves,” and suggested that such labels were historically inaccurate. It noted that the Japanese government could not find official documents proving that the women were recruited by force. Dennis P. Halpin, USKI Visiting Scholar, examines the 1945 report, ”Amenities in the Japanese Armed Forces,” published by command of General MacArthur (declassified in 1992) and compiled by the Allied Translator and Interpreter Section (ATIS) of the Supreme Commander for the Allied Forces (SCAP), which refutes the Japanese government’s claims.

The Forgotten War’s POW Saint” by Dennis P. Halpin (July 22, 2013)

On the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, Dennis P. Halpin, USKI Visiting Scholar, takes a moment to remember the work of Father Emil J. Kapaun, a U.S. Army chaplain who was captured during the Korean War and whose ministry to his fellow POWs has been characterized as “saintly.” He also reflects on the estimated 500 POWs believed to remain alive inside North Korea, in violation of the Armistice-linked exchange agreements: Big Switch and Little Switch.