North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (right) pictured watching the launch of a Hwasong-12 missile in a photograph released by North Korean state media earlier this month. Photo: Reuters North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (right) pictured watching the launch of a Hwasong-12 missile in a photograph released by North Korean state media earlier this month. Photo: Reuters
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (right) pictured watching the launch of a Hwasong-12 missile in a photograph released by North Korean state media earlier this month. Photo: Reuters
Ankit Panda
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Ankit Panda

The cold, calculated logic behind North Korea’s missile tests

Kim Jong-un’s aim is to drive a wedge between the US and its allies and to question whether the superpower can provide security in the region, writes Ankit Panda

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (right) pictured watching the launch of a Hwasong-12 missile in a photograph released by North Korean state media earlier this month. Photo: Reuters North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (right) pictured watching the launch of a Hwasong-12 missile in a photograph released by North Korean state media earlier this month. Photo: Reuters
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (right) pictured watching the launch of a Hwasong-12 missile in a photograph released by North Korean state media earlier this month. Photo: Reuters
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Ankit Panda

Ankit Panda

Ankit Panda is an Adjunct Senior Fellow in the Defense Posture Project at the Federation of American Scientists, a Senior Editor at The Diplomat, an online magazine on Asia-Pacific affairs, and a Contributing Editor at War on the Rocks. Panda is an award-winning writer and a frequently cited analyst on geopolitical and security issues in the Asia-Pacific. His writing has appeared in The Diplomat, The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, Politico Magazine, and War on the Rocks, among other publications.