Moscow’s recent actions in Crimea will affect world politics for years. The aftershocks will be felt not just in Europe but in Asia as well. Contemplating Russia’s annexation of Crimea, experts have lamented the impact on international law, the perceived weakness of the US and its allies, and the lessons that countries like China may learn regarding the cost of unilateral action. In the Northeast Asian context, one problem that could be analogous to the Ukrainian crisis would be the sudden and complete collapse of the DPRK regime and military intervention by China. This would cause such a breakdown of political, military, economic and/or social fabric that a mere change of government would not fix the situation.

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Lisa Collins
Lisa Collins

Center for Global Governance

Lisa COLLINS is a Program Officer in the International Law and Conflict Resolution Center (ILCRC) at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. Ms. Collins has worked at the institute since its inception in 2008 and witnessed the organization grow from a small staff of five to a major organization with over eighty people in the last five years. Her responsibilities have included everything from organizing conferences to handling the institute’s publications. Her research interests include Northeast Asian security issues, the intersection between international law and international relations, global governance, nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament, human rights and refugee law, and the U.S.-ROK alliance. Prior to joining the institute in 2008, she was a graduate fellow in the Korean Flagship Language Program at the University of Hawaii and Korea University. Ms. Collins received a B.A. from Oberlin College in Ohio and a J.D. (juris doctor) from the University of New Mexico.