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What We're Reading on North Korea

By Anthony Wier, Jeff Pudlo, May 31, 2018


It’s easy to become overwhelmed with the constant stream of rapidly changing news about North Korea. However, we’ve assembled these articles to offer you important context and perspectives on the current crisis, demonstrating the consequences for choosing war and the opportunities possible with diplomacy.

A plan to end the nuclear crisis with North Korea, Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17), San Fransisco Chronicle

Rep. Ro Khanna, sponsor of the No Unconstitutional Strike on North Korea Act (HR 4837), explained in Jan 2018 that the United States needs to return to the negotiating table to end the North Korean standoff.

Sen. Chris Murphy explains his plan to stop Trump from bombing North Korea, Yochi Dreazen, Vox.com

Sen. Chris Murphy explained in Oct. 2017 why the prospect of war with North Korea is very real, and why Congress needs to move quickly to prevent President Trump from leading the US into a conflict that could kill hundreds of thousands of people.

Heeding Wise Counsel on North Korea, FCNL

Important national security voices are echoing President Ronald Reagan's warnings about the perils of nuclear warfighting and urging the United States to exercise restraint in dealing with North Korea.

A Comprehensive History of North Korea’s Nuclear Program, Siegfried S. Hecker, Robert L. Carlin, and Elliot A. Serbin, Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation

Nuclear and North Korea experts Hecker and Carlin lead a review into the “hinge points” that proved critical in the evolution of North Korea’s nuclear program and relations with the United States. From that review, Hecker, Carlin, and Serbin set out a technically-informed roadmap for North Korean denuclearization.

9 questions about North Korea you were too embarrassed to ask, Alex Ward, Vox.com

Tensions between the United States and North Korea are heating up. This article explains how things got to this point and where they might be headed.

40 maps that explain North Korea, Zack Beauchamp, Vox.com

For those who learn best visually, Vox explains the history and development of the Korean peninsula, along with background on the North and its nuclear program using maps and charts, providing helpful context to the current accelerating crisis.

Think Military Strikes Could Stop North Korea? Try It and See. Mark Fitzpatrick, New York Times

Nuclear policy expert Mark Fitzpatrick created this choose your own adventure look at US military options in North Korea to show just how dangerous any scenario would be.

Statement of 16 Veteran Members of Congress on Dangers of Ground Invasion in North Korea

These Members of Congress affirm that there are no good military options for North Korea in the wake of the Joint Chiefs of Staff public assessment that the only way to destroy North Korea’s nuclear arsenal is through a ground invasion. They also insist that “If President Trump does intend to pursue a military option against North Korea, he must come to Congress as required by our Constitution.”

This is how nuclear war with North Korea would unfold, Jeffrey Lewis, Washington Post

In this challenging and harrowing thought experiment, Lewis envisions how a nuclear war might actually come to pass.

The Consequences of War With North Korea, Abigail Stowe-Thurston and Erin Connolly, Teen Vogue

In this op-ed, Abigail Stowe-Thurston, the program assistant for nuclear policy at the Friends Committee on National Legislation, and Erin Connolly, the program assistant at the Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation, urge the United States to choose peace in the face of nuclear conflict.

Anthony Wier

  • Legislative Secretary, Nuclear Disarmament and Pentagon Spending

Anthony is our lead lobbyist and the director of FCNL's work on nuclear weapons policy and is the key team leader working on our efforts to rein in Pentagon spending. He is also responsible for maintaining FCNL’s Nuclear Calendar and for representing FCNL with the various coalitions that work on these issues.

Jeff Pudlo

  • Program Assistant for Nuclear Disarmament and Pentagon Spending

Jeff Pudlo assists FCNL’s Nuclear Disarmament team by ensuring grassroots engagement with elected officials can fully inform the work of FCNL’s lobbyists in DC, and assists Anthony Wier in lobbying and maintaining the Nuclear Calendar.