Stratfor: Ferocious, Weak and Crazy – The North Korean Strategy

By George Friedman, Founder and Chairman, Stratfor Editor’s Note: The following Geopolitical Weekly originally ran in January 2013. We repost it as recent turmoil in North Korea returns it to the spotlight. North Korea’s state-run media reported Sunday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered the country’s top security officials to take “substantial and …

Stratfor: Tangled Partnership Between China and North Korea

by Rodger Baker, Vice President of East Asia Analysis, Stratfor China appears to be growing frustrated with North Korea’s behavior, perhaps to the point of changing its long-standing support for Pyongyang. As North Korea’s largest economic sponsor, Beijing has provided the North Korean regime with crucial aid for years and offered it diplomatic protection against …

Stratfor: The Ferocious, Weak and Crazy North Korean Strategy

By George Friedman, Founder and Chairman, Stratfor Note: George Friedman originally wrote this Geopolitical Weekly on North Korea’s nuclear strategy on Jan. 29. More than two months later, the geopolitical contours of the still-evolving crisis have become more clear, so we believe it important to once again share with readers the fundamentals outlined in this …

Stratfor: Departure in North Korea’s Strategy?

By George Friedman, Founder and Chairman, Stratfor On Jan. 29, I wrote a piece that described North Korea’s strategy as a combination of ferocious, weak and crazy. In the weeks since then, three events have exemplified each facet of that strategy. Pyongyang showed its ferocity Feb. 12, when it detonated a nuclear device underground. The …

Stratfor: The North Korean Strategy Is Ferocious, Weak and Crazy

By George Friedman, Stratfor Founder and Chief Executive Officer North Korea’s state-run media reported Sunday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered the country’s top security officials to take “substantial and high-profile important state measures,” which has been widely interpreted to mean that North Korea is planning its third nuclear test. Kim said …