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Was Bill Richardson Right About Dennis Rodman, Kim Jong Un and Kenneth Bae?

Former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman is surrounded by members of the media as he makes his way through Beijing's international airport on September 3, 2013. Rodman said he was heading back to Pyongyang to see his
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At an Asia Society event in July, the former New Mexico governor said Rodman was "the only person" who could get Bae released from North Korean prison.

Video: Could the Dennis Rodman Approach be the Key to Cracking North Korea?

L to R: Bill Richardson, Donald Gregg, and Jon Williams at Asia Society New York on July 11, 2013. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)
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In a joint appearance at Asia Society New York, former Governor of New Mexico Bill Richardson and Ambassador Donald Gregg discuss the pivotal roles the internet and "sports diplomacy" could play in finding a peaceful resolution to the North Korean impasse.

Video: Kenneth Bae Sentencing Could Get US Caught in North Korean Propaganda Game

Mike Kulma, Executive Director for Global Leadership Initiatives at Asia Society.
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Asia Society's Mike Kulma on possible outcomes of an American citizen's 15-years sentence for "committing hostile acts" against Kim Jong Un's regime.

Expert: Current North Korea Drama 'More Uncertain and Worrying' Than Years Past

A North Korean soldier using binoculars watches from his quarters at the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone on April 23, 2013. (Kim Jae-Hwan/AFP/Getty Images)
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Andrew Gilholm, senior Northeast Asia analyst with the consultancy Control Risks, says it's "tough to see" a peaceful resolution to current tensions.

For Those in Seoul, the North Korea 'Joke' May Be Over

A South Korean activist stabs a pocket knife on a picture of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (L) during an anti-North Korea rally near the national assembly in Seoul on March 22, 2013. (Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)
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Nathan McMurray, legal advisor for Samsung in Seoul, writes that the recent ratcheting up of tensions between North and South may be more than just a story this time.

Experts Debate: Is China Doing All It Can to Rein in Kim Jong Un?

Two North Korean men, center, listen to Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei during a press briefing in Beijing on April 8, 2013. North Korea appears to be preparing a fourth nuclear test as well as a provocative missile launch, South Korea said, despite an unusually blunt call from China for restraint. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)
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A ChinaFile panel of experts assess whether China might finally be out of patience with its intractable smaller neighbor.

Video: Christopher Hill Says North Korea's Leaders 'Don't Know What They Want'

Christopher Hill, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, discusses North Korea's most recent round of nuclear provocations at Asia Society's studio in New York City.
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The chief U.S. envoy to the Six Party Talks reflects on what's behind North Korea's latest round of provocations and how much China can be engaged to help quell the crisis.

With Latest Nuclear Test, North Korea Chooses Guns Over Google

A North Korean soldier reacts as he patrols along the Yalu River, near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, after the country conducted its third nuclear test on February 12, 2013. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)
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Kim Jong Un's most recent provocation perpetuates North Korea's policy of favoring a military-first policy over the needs of its people.

Complex Legacies Follow Northeast Asia's New Leaders

South Korea's president-elect Park Geun-Hye waves to supporters in Seoul on Dec. 19, 2012. (Kim Jae-Hwan/AFP/Getty Images)
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Princely pedigree and family roots in East Asia's conflicted past run deep among incoming leaders in Beijing, Tokyo, Pyongyang and Seoul.

After Year of Transitions in Northeast Asia, 2013 Needs to Be a Year of Leadership

U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta meets with Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping prior to a meeting in Beijing on Sept. 19, 2012. (U.S. Secretary of Defense/Flickr)
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With a resurgent nationalism just one trend potentially threatening the region, new leaders settling into office need to provide steady hands, says Asia Society's Michael Kulma.