Winds of Change

With talk of summits on the Korean peninsula these days, one might be inclined to believe that peace could very well be at hand, or at the very least, some serious talk about reducing tensions in northeast Asia. Kim Jong-un’s recent trip to China was definitely an unprecedented move, which could have far-reaching repercussions. My … Read more

Twenty-five Years Ago this Month

Twenty-five years ago this month, I taught my last class at ELS, a language school in Seoul near Kangnam subway station. On November 27, 1992, I said goodbye to my colleagues at ELS and left for Kimpo. I would be back six weeks later, teaching at Yonsei University’s Foreign Language Institute. The two years I … Read more

CIA Creates Mission Center on North Korean Threat

I couldn’t ask for better publicity for my new novel, Bureau 39. Every time there’s a story about North Korea these days means more exposure for my novel. In this case, a mission center in Seoul to assess the North Korean threat. “Creating the Korea Mission Center allows us to more purposefully integrate and direct … Read more