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    • A Compromise for Control: Understanding North Korea's Private Market Economy 

      Ha, Mathew J (Georgetown University, 2018)
      Free market enterprise embodies values of independent thinking and self-reliance, which are antithetical to the North Korean regime’s ideological values inherent to Marxist-Leninism. However, in recent years, the Kim Jong-un ...
    • The Alliance Dilemma: A Stronger Japan and Regional Stability 

      Teraoka, Ayumi (Georgetown University, 2014)
      This paper is an attempt to explain the United States's puzzling silence on Japan's potential development of autonomous strike capability. I argue that this is due to the U.S.'s fear of entrapment vis-à-vis Japan, which ...
    • Brunei's Preference for British Protection: Ontological Insecurity after the 1962 Rebellion 

      Abd Manan, Wafi (Georgetown University, 2015)
      Brunei has historically relied on Britain for protection from internal and external threats. Even today, there is a battalion of Gurkhas and British officers resident in Brunei. This research paper seeks to explain Brunei’s ...
    • China’s Behavior in Maritime Dispute with its Neighbors: The Double-edged Sword Model 

      Park, Kyuri (Georgetown University, 2015)
      This paper presents the “double-edged sword model” as a theoretical explanation for China’s puzzling behavior in maritime disputes with its neighbors. This paper argues that two factors are salient in determining a state’s ...
    • The Door Is Closed, but Not Locked: China's VPN Policy 

      Yang, Kejing (Georgetown University, 2017)
      This paper attempts to explain why China still allow some people to use Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) to bypass China’s heavily guarded Internet content censorship system, despite the assumption that the free flow of ...
    • Dynamic Institutionalization: The Foundations of Japan's Radioactive Problem 

      Kodama, Hayate Nicholas (Georgetown University, 2018)
      This thesis examines Japan’s policies of implementing a closed nuclear fuel cycle and nuclear hedging. Many scholars have argued that Japan specifically pursues closed fuel cycle development in order to maintain the ...
    • Ethno-Demographic Dynamics of the Rohingya-Buddhist Conflict 

      Blomquist, Rachel (Georgetown University, 2016)
      Ethno-demographic grievances define the conflict between Buddhist and Rohingya-Muslim populations in the Rakhine State of Myanmar. Nationalistic Buddhist leaders, such as the controversial monk Ashin Wirathu, maintain that ...
    • Historical Memory and Domestic Civic Trust in Japan-South Korea Security Relations 

      Berry, Melanie Clare (Georgetown University, 2018)
      South Korea and Japan were unable to implement the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) or pursue an Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA) in 2012 despite recent violent provocations from ...
    • The Impact of the Internet on Chinese Nationalism: The Emergence of Contentious Spaces Onlines 

      Garaud, Olivier C. (Georgetown University, 2014)
      This paper seeks to answer the question of why anti-Japanese nationalism related to historical memory of World War II has grown at such a rapid pace among Chinese internet-users despite several elements commonly understood ...
    • Incentivizing Solidarity: the Kim Regime’s Employment of Mafia Tactics 

      Gannon, Chelsea (Georgetown University, 2016)
      With the predominance of seemingly continuous instability due to unconventional power shifts, devastating famines, and pervasive human rights violations, speculation of collapse within North Korea has abounded in the ...
    • The Korean War in Contemporary China: How and Why the Korean War Is Remembered as a Victory 

      Dyson, Lisa (Georgetown University, 2013)
      In this thesis, I examine the historical memory of the Korean War, and why it is remembered as the victory that it is. Often referred to as "the War to Resist America and Aid Korean" (KangMei-YuanChao) in China, the Korean ...
    • Literary Autonomy in North Korea: Authority, Agency, and the Art of Control 

      Killough, Catherine Elizabeth (Georgetown University, 2017)
      What explains the absence of a popular uprising in a country that, despite isolation, has experienced an infiltration of information over the years; despite lethargy, has felt the emergence of class divisions; and, despite ...
    • Modeling State Decisions to Pursue Nuclear Weapons 

      Lee, So Jin (Georgetown University, 2014)
      This paper addresses the puzzle of why states proliferate nuclear weapons, despite a widespread call for global nuclear disarmament and the high costs of non-compliance behavior that follow. Most existing research on the ...
    • North Korea's Transnational Media Commodity Network 

      Kim, Phebe Sunyoung (Georgetown University, 2015)
      Why are there are increasing numbers of North Koreans inside the country willing to consume and share illegal foreign media over the last ten years, despite greater risk of capital punishment due to tighter border controls ...
    • Political Externalities of Free Trade Agreement 

      Ro, Hyeon Young (Georgetown University, 2013)
      How much do political incentives play a role in free trade agreements (FTAs)? While political economists focused much on the interaction between state and market, they have paid scant attention to analyzing the role of ...
    • Protecting Defense: Making Sense of Japan's Post-WWII Arms Procurement Policies 

      Kato, Ryoko (Georgetown University, 2017)
      This research explores the root of the conventional practices of sumiwake in Japan’s post-war defense industry and procurement policies, which have minimized domestic competition between firms thus rendering the industry ...
    • Rationale for Revisionism? Neoclassical Realism and China’s New Maritime Assertiveness 

      Wettach, Taylor Michael (Georgetown University, 2017)
      The renewed tension between China and other claimant states over disputed territories in the East and South China Seas in the past few years has generated widespread concern about China’s increasing assertiveness in ...
    • Sherlock in Pyongyang 

      Fitzek, Charlotte (Georgetown University, 2017)
      Since 2000, the British Council, under the auspices of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office has run an English Language Teacher Training Programme in Pyongyang, North Korea. Its primary aim is to train North Korean teachers ...
    • Sino-Japanese Relations and the Security Dilemma 

      Skovoronskikh, Mikhail (Georgetown University, 2014)
      This thesis investigates Sino-Japanese security relations and evaluates the explanatory power of the security dilemma theory, which is often invoked in the argument concerning the bilateral relationship. Upon demonstrating ...
    • Small State, Big Influence: China's North Korea Policy Dilemma 

      Wang, Tianyi (Georgetown University, 2013)
      This article seeks to analyze why China is reluctant to significantly change its North Korea policy despite continued North Korean nuclear provocations that have hindered China's own strategic and security interests. The ...