Pundits often cite the North Korean regime’s crimes against its citizens as proof of Kim Jong-un’s irrationality as a leader. These crimes, as exhaustively documented by former High Court justice […]
As the USS Carl Vinson and its carrier battle group steam through the Pacific toward the Korean Peninsula, many are wondering if the Trump administration could be so rash as […]
Environmental engagement with the DPRK based on mutual interests around climate change could offer a path toward regional stability.
This playlist contains select lecture material from Dr Benjamin Habib’s undergraduate subject “Contemporary Politics of Northeast Asia” (POL2CPA) at La Trobe University. This subject examines key issues in the international […]
North Korea is in the headlines again with a statement from leader Kim Jong-un threatening a “pre-emptive nuclear strike of justice” on Washington and Seoul, saying “If we push the […]
Audio of my presentation at the Australian Institute of International Affairs – Victoria on Thursday 25th February 2016, exploring the relationship between the North Korean government’s efforts at strengthening its […]
North Korea’s multi-stage long-range rocket test on 7 February, coming soon after its fourth nuclear weapons test in January, has drawn condemnation from the international community. North Korea’s previous nuclear test […]
This article deconstructs United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 2094 through the preambulatory statements, objectives, obligations, and implementation and enforcement provisions of UNSC Resolution 2094.
On January 6 the North Korean government announced via Korean Central News Agency that it had conducted a hydrogen bomb test the previous day, building on comments made by DPRK […]
On Wednesday, January 6, the North Korean government announced it had conducted a hydrogen bomb test. This followed North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s December 2015 proclamation that the country had […]
The research achievements of La Trobe University academics working in Asian societies and partnerships was presented today at the La Trobe Asia Research Showcase. Academics, including myself, presented our research […]
This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. The North Korean government recently announced that its nuclear facilities at Yongbyon are fully operational, with the capability […]
North Korea is vulnerable to climate change, and experiences problems of food insecurity. It has an active relationship with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), brought on largely […]
On Wednesday 1st July 2015, I delivered a guest lecture entitled “North Korea, Climate Change and Capacity-Building” to students completing a Design Research Studio in the Master of Landscape program […]
The North Korean government would appear to have a compelling prima facie self-interest in participant in the global climate change mitigation and adaptation project centred on the UN Framework Convention […]
In this guest lecture for the first-year undergraduate subject States, Security and International Relations at La Trobe University, I expand on my Conceptual Introduction to Weapons of Mass Destruction lecture […]
Here is my latest article publication building on my work on North Korea and the UNFCCC… Habib, B. (2015) ‘Balance of Incentives: Why North Korea Interacts with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change’. Pacific Affairs, 88(1): 75-97.
North Korea’s military actions continue to be a source of hostility with the West. In recent days speculative reports suggest that North Korea may have restarted a reactor, which produces […]
The post-colonial development of modern Korea, on both sides of the DMZ, is an epic story. On Thursday 18th September 2014, I shared my interpretation of this story in a guest lecture for second-year […]
In this presentation I explore the North Korean government’s commitment to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change through the prism of institutional socialisation theory. Despite complying with its obligations […]