Edward Howell

Edward Howell

Edward is an ESRC Scholar in International Relations at the University of Oxford, specialising in East Asia and the Korean Peninsula.

Latest from Edward Howell

Opinion | Will China keeps its patience with North Korea in 2020?

Beijing has supported Pyongyang in its quarrels with the US but the relationship looks set to come under renewed pressure.

Beijing has supported Pyongyang in its quarrels with the US but the relationship looks set to come under renewed pressure.

17 Feb 2020 - 8:40PM
Opinion | As its deadline for ‘bold decision’ from US looms, North Korea is ramping up the rhetoric again

Any end-of-year deal between Washington and Pyongyang is unlikely to be substantial. And if there isn’t one? Expect more of the same.

Any end-of-year deal between Washington and Pyongyang is unlikely to be substantial. And if there isn’t one? Expect more of the same.

8 Dec 2019 - 10:17PM
Opinion | When North Korea and the US restart nuclear weapons talks, the ‘bold decision’ might be to compromise

Edward Howell writes that if Pyongyang and Washington want to get past their failure in Hanoi and make this month’s negotiations a success, they must realise the winner does not have to take all.

Edward Howell writes that if Pyongyang and Washington want to get past their failure in Hanoi and make this month’s negotiations a success, they must realise the winner does not have to take all.

15 Sep 2019 - 4:00PM
Opinion | What do North Korea’s latest missile tests mean for China?

With Beijing’s influence over its ‘little brother’ waning it will want to keep its own interests in mind, writes Edward Howell

With Beijing’s influence over its ‘little brother’ waning it will want to keep its own interests in mind, writes Edward Howell

11 Aug 2019 - 9:10PM
Opinion | Was Xi Jinping’s state visit to North Korea a reminder to the US that ‘big brother’ is always watching?

Chinese president makes a big play of his close friendship with Kim Jong-un during two-day state visit to Pyongyang, writes Edward Howell.

Chinese president makes a big play of his close friendship with Kim Jong-un during two-day state visit to Pyongyang, writes Edward Howell.

22 Jun 2019 - 11:25PM
Opinion | What next for US-North Korea negotiations?

A year after the Singapore summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, talks remain stalled. Will Washington lower expectations and make the next move?

A year after the Singapore summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, talks remain stalled. Will Washington lower expectations and make the next move?

15 Jun 2019 - 4:51PM
Kim Jong-un, Vladimir Putin and the exploiting of great power politics

Edward Howell writes that North Korean diplomacy with Russia not only pits that country against the US, but puts China in the mix, too.

Edward Howell writes that North Korean diplomacy with Russia not only pits that country against the US, but puts China in the mix, too.

28 Apr 2019 - 4:59PM
Opinion | Time for South Korea to step into the vanguard of US-North Korea nuclear talks

Edward Howell writes that a three-way dialogue between the two Koreas and the US may prove effective since Washington and Pyongyang both seem willing to walk away from a bad deal.

Edward Howell writes that a three-way dialogue between the two Koreas and the US may prove effective since Washington and Pyongyang both seem willing to walk away from a bad deal.

10 Mar 2019 - 4:01PM
Opinion | When Trump meets Kim, the sequel: same plot, same sticking points

Edward Howell says that at the next summit, at the end of February, the most crucial issue remains agreeing on what ‘denuclearisation’ would encompass.

Edward Howell says that at the next summit, at the end of February, the most crucial issue remains agreeing on what ‘denuclearisation’ would encompass.

11 Feb 2019 - 10:30PM
Opinion | Kim Jong-un’s New Year’s speech offered no real surprises but one clear message from North Korea

Edward Howell writes that Kim has expressed his readiness to meet with the US president again, but has also issued a warning about continuing sanctions.

Edward Howell writes that Kim has expressed his readiness to meet with the US president again, but has also issued a warning about continuing sanctions.

6 Jan 2019 - 11:59AM
Opinion | From ‘strategic patience’ to ‘maximum pressure’: obstacles to progress remain in pushing North Korea on its nuclear weapons

Edward Howell writes that Pyongyang’s weapons are not going anywhere for now, so long as the gap remains in how the North and Washington define denuclearisation.

Edward Howell writes that Pyongyang’s weapons are not going anywhere for now, so long as the gap remains in how the North and Washington define denuclearisation.

9 Dec 2018 - 11:15PM
Opinion | Who will step up to get talks on the North Korean nuclear threat moving again?
  • Edward Howell writes that diplomacy may not be sufficient to advance the effort to compel North Korea to rein in its nuclear ambition.
  • Edward Howell writes that diplomacy may not be sufficient to advance the effort to compel North Korea to rein in its nuclear ambition.
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