Far from a belligerent rogue state, North Korea is isolated, broke and hungry for attention.
South Korea has a very particular part to play in handling Pyongyang, but Moon Jae-in has a different one in mind.
Kim Jong-il and Bill Clinton looked to have done a deal to curb North Korea's nuclear weapons programme for good. What went wrong?
For China’s ethnic minorities, the state's development programme is a matter of political control.
Intentionally or not, Trump's approach to North Korea makes more sense than many people think.
China's conventional military assets are intimidating enough, but its latest technological advances could transform the military balance in its neighbourhood.
Since the late 1970s, East Asia has seen fewer deaths in conflict than any other continent. Can it keep the peace?
Seoul's Blue House looks set to host its first liberal president in a decade.
There's nowhere quite like Japan – or at least, that's how the Japanese government tells it.
A troublesome 'little brother' is exhausting the sympathy on which it heavily relies.
The US's military heft in East Asia may have met its match.
The euphoria many South Koreans feel at the demise of Park Geun-hye is offset by worries about the future of their political system.
Hosting a military base is difficult in the best of circumstances, but some bases are more dangerous than others.
A precise, lethal chemical weapon hit in a foreign capital is a reminder that North Korea knows what it's doing.
One of the world's worst nightmares could in fact be an unexpected opportunity.
The precise wording of UN resolutions and the smallest of concessions by Pyongyang are telltale signs that change is underway.
A small bronze statue in Busan has kicked off a surprisingly big argument.
It's all very well to be intimidating, but China needs to win people over too.
One of the world's cleaner democracies just threw out its president for corruption. How can countries do a better job of keeping their leaders clean?
The frenzied response to this year's most examined courtesy call played right into Beijing's hands.