Jeffrey Robertson is a Visiting Fellow at the Asia Institute, University of Melbourne, and an Associate Professor at Yonsei University in South Korea, where he focuses on diplomatic practice and the Korean Peninsula. His updates his research at www.junotane.com.
Kazakhstan in the middle
The West hopes for a stable partner to deny Russia. Yet the Central Asian nation may seek equidistance from all.
Australia’s “China” blinders on South Korea
By focusing on the elephant, Australia risks misunderstanding the room.
Time for South Korea to abandon the “middle power” moniker
In the end, it’s not a term that helps people to understand policy and policy choices.
Zooming out of digital diplomacy
It’s time to think beyond the videoconference to allow countries to trust again.
Is North Korea expertise all talk?
The debate around understanding one of the world’s most reclusive nations centres on the question of language.
When a middle power is not caught in the middle
Different understandings of the world where a middle power sits has led South Korea down a different path to Australia.
Do politicians really make “excellent envoys”?
A politician turned plenipotentiary can make a powerful statement. Yet it can also undermine public service neutrality.
In search of a middle-power rethink on North Korea policy
An international commission could potentially transform an outdated and failed approach to the Korean peninsula.
Coming soon: A neutral South Korea?
South Korea has transformed drastically over the last 20 years, and strategic change on the peninsula will be via Seoul.