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March 7, 2003

Standoff on the Korean Peninsula: Talking with Calvin Chen

 

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Calvin Chen, Luce Assistant Professor of Politics at Mount Holyoke, is an expert on the political economy of East Asia, particularly Chinese politics and the industrialization of the Chinese countryside.

With the revelation that North Korea has missiles capable of reaching the West Coast of the United States, last Sunday's interception by four North Korean jet fighters of a U.S. spy plane in international airspace over the Sea of Japan, and the recent dispatch by President Bush of twenty-four B-52 and B-1 bombers to the United States Pacific base on Guam, the situation on the Korean Peninsula seems to be escalating each day. Is North Korea using nuclear blackmail? Is leader Kim Jong Il a crazy man or a shrewd strategist—or both? Is the North Korean regime an albatross? Janet Tobin, editor of the College Street Journal, recently asked these and other questions during a conversation with Calvin Chen, Luce Assistant Professor of Politics at Mount Holyoke, about the situation in North Korea. Chen is an expert on the political economy of East Asia, particularly Chinese politics and the industrialization of the Chinese countryside. more>

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