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A Downward Spiral: Joint Military Exercises on the Korean Peninsula

US-South Korean military exercises continue to stoke tensions with North Korea, in a seemingly unstoppable cycle of one-upmanship

North Korea’s allergic reactions to US-South Korean military exercises continue to attract the world’s attention and confusion. While Pyongyang condemns these regular drills as a veil for war preparations by Washington, the US and South Korea have for decades viewed them as essential for training, assurance and deterrence. Andrea Berger argues that, as a result, they have become a major thread in the complex web of security concerns and allied commitments that exist on the

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Andrea Berger

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