Despite the pageantry of the Singapore summit, the outcomes remain uncertain.
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.
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.
Paul Haenle sat down with Ambassador Chris Hill to analyze the objectives of the United States, North Korea, China, South Korea, and other regional players heading into the Singapore summit, providing insights into the potential successes and pitfalls of the meeting.
With Trump and Kim Jong Un, there’s a risk even a getting-to-know you meeting may go wrong. Even so, the Singapore summit is likely to be a success.
Whatever the outcome, the June 12 Trump-Kim summit will have major implications for the region’s security landscape.
A look at some of the key issues for nuclear negotiations with North Korea.
If the Trump-Kim summit stays canceled, and saber-rattling returns as the dominant mode of communication, the odds of military crisis will rise dramatically.
Washington underestimates the strength of attachment in Paris and Berlin to the current Iran deal, as well as the depth of differences between Europe and the United States on how to stabilize the Middle East.