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Stein Tønnesson

Stein Tønnesson

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Why a War with North Korea Is Unlikely

Posted by Stein Tønnesson on Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Here are three scenarios for the North Korean crisis: The recent flurry of threats between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump has caused much consternation. Threats can indeed be dangerous but only when they are followed up by hostile action. The latest important developments in this crisis have been North Korea’s ... Read more »

The East Asian Peace – Two New Books

Posted by Nils Petter Gleditsch on Friday, 12 May 2017

Two books were launched earlier this week from the East Asian Peace (EAP) program at Uppsala University, led by Stein Tønnesson of PRIO and Uppsala University. One is a monograph by the program director, Stein Tønnesson, Explaining the East Asian Peace, the other a volume edited by Elin Bjarnegård & Joakim ... Read more »

Can the East Asian Peace Survive?

Posted by Stein Tønnesson on Thursday, 11 May 2017

Uncertainty concerning President Donald Trump’s China and North Korea policies have instilled new fears of war in East Asia, a region that has enjoyed a surprising level of peace for almost four decades. Yet, if China treats Trump with care, the region may remain peaceful. The text in this post ... Read more »

Is China helping Trump, or is Trump helping China?

Posted by Stein Tønnesson on Tuesday, 25 April 2017

When Chinese president Xi Jinping met US president Donald Trump in Florida on 6–7 April, Xi convinced his host that it is not easy to exert influence on North Korea, but apparently promised to help the United States to the best of his ability. In practice, it may be Trump who helps ... Read more »

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