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From the Atlantic Council of the United States, which is kind of a big deal in foreign policy circles, there’s this:

How unfortunate. Kabuki is Japanese, not Korean. Author Donald M. Snow is a prolific writer on international affairs from the perspective of “a (John) Kennedy liberal,” so hopefully his generalization about Asian people was a one-off oversight. But this:

…there is a hint of a familiar kabuki in the air. Let’s hope the participants don’t forget their roles and their lines, paticularly since the failure to do so could have particularly devastating consequences in a nuclear-armed Korean peninsula.

is perhaps not the best choice of words or thoughts for a thoroughgoing (and non-stereotyping) analysis of nuclear geopolitics.

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