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Chinese President Xi Jinping is in the U.S. this weekend for informal talks with President Obama. Professor Victor Cha discusses what topics will be on the agenda, the informality of the talks, and what he expects to be the outcome of the meetings.

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Is China finally getting fed up with North Korea? Professor Victor Cha discusses the response pattern and motives of North Korea's biggest ally.

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Retired basketball player, Dennis Rodman, and several members of the Harlem Globetrotters surprised the rest of the world when they arrived in Pyongyang on Tuesday to film for a new HBO series, Vice. With tensions between the U.S. and the DPRK as high as ever, will "basketball diplomacy" make a difference? Professor Victor Cha discusses his thoughts on the goodwill visit.

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On February 12, 2013, North Korea conducted its third underground nuclear test. Dr. Victor Cha discusses the implications and new security concerns brought about by this latest test.

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Hahm Chaibong is the President of the Asan Institute for Policy Studies in Seoul, Korea. Previously, he was a professor in the School of International Relations and the Department of Political Science as well as the Director of the Korean Studies Institute at the University of Southern California (2005-2007), Director of the Division of Social Sciences Research & Policy at UNESCO in Paris, France (2003-2005). He received a B.A. in economics from Carleton College and a M.A. and a Ph.D. in political science from the Johns Hopkins University. He has been a visiting professor at Duke, Georgetown, and Princeton Universities and a visiting fellow at the International Forum for Democratic Studies in Washington. DC.

On January 28, 2013, Mr Hahm discussed the issues in Asia from a Korean perspective. What has been the history/conflicts in the Northeast Asia region? Will the new leadership in China affect any changes in the country's domestic and international policies? Now that the LDP has been reinstated at the ruling party of Japan, will we see a return to business as usual? Will North Korean maintain its course of provations and nuclear program development under Kim Jong Eun? Listen to the podcast to find out about these.

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Kristen Looney is an assistant professor of Asian Studies at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, where she teaches courses on Chinese politics. Dr. Looney completed her PhD in Government at Harvard University in 2012. Trained as a comparative political scientist, her research focuses on the politics of rural development in East Asia. Her dissertation examines the relative success or failure of rural development policies in China (2000s), Taiwan (1950s-1970s) and South Korea (1950s-1970s), and advances a theory that specifies the varying contributions of land reform, farmers’ organizations and campaigns in rural development. Dr. Looney’s graduate work was sponsored by the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program, the Fulbright-Hays Program, the Blakemore Foundation, the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships Program, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard. Dr. Looney holds a B.A. from Wellesley College in Chinese Studies. She is fluent in Chinese and has some training in Korean language as well.

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Professor Michael Green, as part of a U.S. delegation, recently returned from Burma/Myanmar where he met with Burmese leaders, including President Thein Sein, as well as Aung San Suu Kyi to discuss the recent reforms underway in the country. Professor Green will give us "the good news and the bad news" about the developing situation in Burma/Myanmar.

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Compared to the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, there has been a significant lack of politics surrounding the London Games, says Professor Victor Cha. Can we expect the competition between the U.S. and China to be intense this summer?

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Dr. Andrew Natsios believes the Obama administration must stop the use of "small inducements" like food aid to get Pyongyang to talk and push for serious econonomic reform to save the "dying country."

CSIS report by Dr Natsios:  "North Korea: A Different Perspective"

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Professor Michael Green comments on the implications of Pyongyang's failed 'rocket' launch even as expectations of a potential nuclear test grows. Should the US "ratchet up the pressure" on China to restrain North korea?

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