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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…

June 12, 2018

North Korea
U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un react at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore, June 12, 2018. The North Korea Nuclear Agreement and Human Rights

The agreement between President Trump and Kim Jong Un may be the start of denuclearization, or another failed effort brought down by North Korean cheating. But if the United States and North Korea ar…

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 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.

June 7, 2018

North Korea
Putin Russia’s Role on North Korea: More Important than You Might Think

In the context of resolving the North Korean nuclear challenge, Russia rarely makes the news. South Korea is the reverse image; China is the enabler; the United States is the tough guy; and Japan is …

May 30, 2018

North Korea
U.S.-North Korea Diplomacy: Where Do We Stand? U.S.-North Korea Diplomacy: Where Do We Stand?

Following the rollercoaster ride that has accompanied scheduling of an on-again, off-again summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, where do we actually stand in terms of defining a convergence o…

September 26, 2017

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Trump's Stepped Up Sanctions on North Korea Trump's Stepped Up Sanctions on North Korea

The Trump administration issued a new Executive Order on September 21 expanding the U.S. Treasury’s authority to block North Koreans, and those who do business with or on behalf of North Koreans, fro…

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…

November 7, 2017

North Korea
America First or U.S.-South Korea Alliance First in Dealing with North Korea? America First or U.S.-South Korea Alliance First in Dealing with North Korea?

As President Donald Trump was kicking off the first state visit under the progressive administration of Moon Jae-in, the life-or-death question in South Korean minds was whether Trump intended to t…

November 7, 2017

North Korea
Can the United States, China, and South Korea Cooperate on North Korea? Can the United States, China, and South Korea Cooperate on North Korea?

This post is co-authored by Sungtae "Jacky" Park, research associate for Korea Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.  Yet again, Asia watchers are pondering how China might be able to help …