Charles Armstrong


Charles K. Armstrong, Professor of Korean Studies at Columbia University, discusses the heavily militarized Korean DMZ and disputed borders that make North/South conflicts unavoidable; how the N. Korean bombardment was a response (justified or not) to provocative S. Korean war games; how US interference – including a significant military presence in the South – hobbles reunification talks; Seoul’s risk of annihilation by an artillery barrage from the North and why N. Korean dictator Kim Jong-il is not nearly as crazy as Western media would have us believe.

MP3 here. (9:32)

Charles K. Armstrong is The Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies in the Social Sciences at Columbia University. He is the author of Korean Society: Civil Society, Democracy and the State and The North Korean Revolution, 1945-1950.

6 thoughts on “Charles Armstrong”

    1. So what? Is Myanmar any threat or danger to America? I don't see where it is any of our concern. I wouldn't spend a dime or sacrifice one American life for the whole place.

        1. Nonsense. We have spent a lot of money, not "made" money! Both Japan and South Korea CAN AND SHOULD be footing the bill for their own defense. To argue that Japan wouldn't be "stable" or "secure" if America left is ludicrous.

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