Konstantin Asmolov

Russian Federation

Leading Research Fellow at the Korean Studies Center, RAS Institute for Far Eastern Studies.


September 2018 Inter-Korean Summit: Preliminary Results
The results of the summit, presented in the so-called Pyongyang Declaration, leave a double impression. On the one hand, there are many declarative statements and unlikely promises like the joint
Complete Denuclearization? Not Before the Korean War Is Officially Over
No matter how long the current truce lasts, a bad peace is better than a good quarrel, and currently, the likelihood of a conflict on the Korean peninsula has been substantially reduced, Valdai Club
‘All Is Quiet’: Analyzing Moon Jae-in’s Visit to Russia
The state visit is the highest category of visits, usually taking place once in a presidency. However, the results of this event from the point of view of the agreements that were reached seem rather
Kim - Trump Summit: Whose Nuclear Button Is Bigger?
On May 25, Donald Trump "returned everything back," stating that the summit could take place on the same date, and the technical talks continue to go on. A day later, Moon and Kim held a
Inter-Korean Summit: Deep Symbolism of the Protocol
The third inter-Korean summit will be remembered as a combination of an unprecedented PR impact and relatively modest results, skillfully fetched out with profound symbolism in every element of the
When the North Meets the South
The North and the South are most likely to sign, at least for ceremonial purposes, a document that should resolve the difficult situation of 1953. Let us recall that the ceasefire agreement was signed
Inter-Korean Summit: Will the "Olympic Warming" Lead to Something…
The first point at which intermediate results can be assessed will be either the inter-Korean summit or joint military exercises of the United States and the Republic of Korea, which will have to end
Why the Projected Kim-Trump Summit Is Not Yet a Breakthrough
In the light of rumors about the US-North Korean summit, many experts decided that it’s time to uncork champagne. However, it’s too early not only to open champagne, but to go to the refrigerator to
The Post-Olympic Thaw on the Korean Peninsula
Hopefully, the Olympic thaw will last for some time to come, and the Moon administration will make some efforts to prolong it. In the mid-term, however, it must be clear that the moment South Korea
The Pre-Olympic Thaw Comes As Good News, but What Next for the Two Koreas?
From a tactical point of view Kim Jong-un got a plus for his reputation, and for supporters of the idea of an unpredictable regime refusing to dialogue it could be more difficult to find arguments.
What Russia Can Do Towards Settling the Korean Crisis
Russia should continue doing what it has been doing, that is, rejecting North Korea’s nuclear ambitions as potentially destructive for the security architecture, insisting on a political and
North Korea: Is "War by Error" Possible?
Quite recently, the present writer offered theoretical remarks on the likelihood of a military conflict on the Korean Peninsula[1], noting that the probability of this has increased considerably this


Trump - Kim Summit in Singapore. Expert Discussion
On June 13, 2018, at 14:00 the Valdai Discussion Club held an expert discussion on the results of the summit in Singapore between the US President Donald Trump and the DPRK leader Kim Jong-un.