North Korea recent attempts to change its image in the world should be viewed with caution, according to SAIS student Jaeeun Lee. She identifies several recent examples of North Korea’s use of the “beauty tactic.” By placing beautiful women such as Ri Sol-ju and beauty cheerleader squads at the center stage of their recent diplomatic efforts, she argues that the country is employing a diplomatic façade meant to obscure the reality of the regime.
At a time where the international flow of remittances has received a great deal of criticisms by those on the political right, Jorge de Leon Miranda, a researcher at the International Monetary Fund, attempts to investigate the magnitude and effects of international remittances. In doing so, he discovered that remittances from the United States make up a great deal of the remittance inflow for at least fifteen countries and that the level of remittance inflow has an appreciable effect level of that country’s development.
In her op-ed, Molly Silver examines the candidates’ rhectoric on China and its implications for U.S.-China relations.
Devin Stewart reviews Ian Bremmer’s new book, “Every Nation For Itself: Winners and Losers in a G-Zero World.”
This year’s slew of elections and other leadership selection processes will see new heads of state in many capitals around the world. Leadership matters—as Ralph Waldo Emerson put it, “there is properly no history, only biography….” Presidential elections have already been held in Taiwan and Russia this year, as have parliamentary elections in Greece and […]