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May 10, 2018

North Korea
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang, North Korea and U.S. President Donald Trump, in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., respectively Making the Most of North Korea’s Mixed Motives

To work toward peace, the White House will need to lead a tightly coordinated balancing act to deter Kim Jong-un’s worst intentions while leveraging his desire for economic development.

May 21, 2018

North Korea
North Korea’s May 16, 2018 Statements and Their Implications for a Trump-Kim Summit North Korea’s May 16, 2018 Statements and Their Implications for a Trump-Kim Summit

North Korean authorities issued two separate statements on May 16, 2018, that have been reported to cast doubt on prospects for the Trump-Kim summit scheduled to occur in Singapore on June 12. The st…

April 26, 2018

North Korea
Kim Jong-un’s Play at the Inter-Korean Summit Kim Jong-un’s Play at the Inter-Korean Summit

The first inter-Korean summit in ten years could be stage-managed by Kim Jong-un, but look for South Korea’s leaders to assert a role shaping the process for denuclearization talks. Kim Jong…

February 1, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
The U.S. military's Joint Chiefs of Staff listen to U.S. President Donald Trump's State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., January 30, 2018 The State of the Union and the Dangerous Turn in the United States’ North Korea Policy

President Trump’s State of the Union speech signaled the White House’s dangerous and growing fixation on using maximum pressure alone to denuclearize North Korea. But the soundest way to resolve the …

March 9, 2018

North Korea
Kim Jong-un’s Invitation and Donald Trump’s Response Kim Jong-un’s Invitation and Donald Trump’s Response

Kim Jong-un’s invitation to Donald Trump to meet, delivered through South Korean intermediaries, is both stunning and predictable. After all, Trump has telegraphed his desire for a meeting with Ki…

April 3, 2018

North Korea
Domain of Gains, Domain of Losses: Why Kim Jong-un’s Expectations Matter for the U.S.-North Korea Summit Domain of Gains, Domain of Losses: Why Kim Jong-un’s Expectations Matter for the U.S.-North Korea Summit

Patrick McEachern is a Council on Foreign Relations international affairs fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. …

November 1, 2017

North Korea
U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend the bilateral meeting at the G20 leaders summit in Hamburg, Germany July 8, 2017. A Grand Bargain for the Long Game on the Korean Peninsula

Patricia Kim is the Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Despite President Trump’s threats to destroy North Korea if necessary, and recent steps by Beijing to reduc…

May 24, 2018

North Korea
On North Korea, Iran, and Trump

The cancellation of the US/North Korea meeting begins, in my view, with the JCPOA. Logic suggests that what Kim really wanted from the new administration was a JCPOA of his own. That is, he wanted…

May 24, 2018

North Korea
Cognitive Bias and Diplomacy with North Korea Cognitive Bias and Diplomacy with North Korea

Sungtae (Jacky) Park is a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations. A version of this piece was first published on CSIS PacNet here. As the top-level summit between the United Sta…

May 24, 2018

World Health Organization (WHO)
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland on May 18, 2018. A Scorecard for Dr. Tedros as the WHO’s Director-General

Tedros’s first year as Director-General of the WHO demonstrated his vision, leadership, and ability to seize an opportunity for action. However, concerns remain regarding his willingness to balance p…