Robert Carlin

Articles by Robert Carlin

6 January 2012

North Korea from 30,000 feet

Niko MilonopoulosSiegfried S. HeckerRobert Carlin

The first publicly available overhead imagery that suggested North Korea was constructing a new nuclear reactor at its Yongbyon complex appeared on November 4, 2010. Charles L. Pritchard, a former special envoy for negotiations with North Korea and the president of the Korea Economic Institute, along with a delegation from the institute provided the first confirmation of this construction after a visit to Yongbyon that week.

17 March 2010

The Six-Party Talks: Outlining a true restart

John W. LewisRobert Carlin

In recent weeks, several senior diplomats from several different countries have indicated that the Six-Party Talks aimed at dismantling North Korea's nuclear weapons program will resume shortly. That's the good news. The bad news is that these long-awaited talks will come up short--yet again--unless they undergo a serious reality check.

10 February 2010

Activating a North Korea policy

John W. LewisRobert Carlin

It is routine in U.S. foreign policy for a pot not boiling over to be moved to the back burner. Precisely because the North Korean issue is not boiling, however, might offer an all-too-rare chance to make progress with Pyongyang. Over the past several months, the North has signaled publicly and privately that it is in engagement mode. In Washington, arguments abound about whether or not this is a stall tactic or a trick, but we'll never know if we don't move ahead with serious and sustained probing of the North's position.