Why the United States does not currently have a long-term strategy for dealing with its most fundamental foreign policy challenges and why it needs one.
In 2018, political relations on the Korean peninsula are in flux to an unprecedented degree.
It’s not impossible that the Singapore summit will spark a process that succeeds. But the president’s all-or-nothing approach to denuclearizing North Korea is a misrepresentation to the summit’s outcome.
The hopes for peace and disarmament are understandable, but how quickly will those commitments begin? So far the results are non-existent.
President Trump went to the meeting with Kim Jong-un to try and take the keys to his nuclear kingdom. But Kim Jong-Un is not surrendering North Korea's nuclear weapons and has walked away the winner.
This situation between Russia and NATO heightens the risk of a complete breakdown of bilateral nuclear arms control. It is compounded by the lack of regular strategic dialogue.
Though the joint statement from the Trump-Kim summit remains vague, the meeting could be an effective confidence-building measure in steps toward implementing a denuclearization agreement.
An expert panel discussion on denuclearization diplomacy, the Trump-Kim summit, and Plan B options to deter North Korean coercive behavior.
Although Senate Democrats and others are calling for complete dismantlement and removal of nuclear and chemical weapons from North Korea, the North Koreans have entirely different expectations. Political leaders in the United States should clarify what progress looks like, rather than attempting to negotiate a perfect deal.
Regardless of the prospects of denuclearizing North Korea, the United States and South Korea are likely to continue strengthening capabilities to deter North Korean coercive behavior. Yet, as they do this, it will become increasingly important to assess the regional implications of their actions.