On the eve of the summit between the leaders of the Koreas, several leading scholars discuss lessons from history, prospects for peace and reconciliation and implications for the United States, as President Trump prepares for his own summit with Kim.Read More
In a high-stakes diplomatic gamble, President Trump has accepted an invitation to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un – and the dramatic development raises crucial questions:
Could this summit lead to meaningful constraints on North Korea’s nuclear program? What are the attitudes of China and South Korea toward bilateral U.S.-North Korean diplomacy? What preparatory work must be done to ensure a successful summit? And what would be the criteria for success?
In this Ground Truth Briefing, three veteran observers of U.S.-Asia policy and North Korea addressed these issues.Read More
What do experts make of the North Korea challenge? 5 takeaways from a Brookings eventRead More
North Korea continues to dominate the headlines as its leader, Kim Jong Un, and President Trump trade barbs amidst growing concerns about Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs and the heightening risk of escalation on the Korean Peninsula. While the United States has articulated a policy of “maximum pressure and engagement,” the Trump administration has repeatedly sent mixed signals, ranging from threats to “totally destroy” North Korea to an emphasis on diplomatic resolution. In order to devise a credible and coherent strategy that mitigates risk of strategic miscalculation, several important questions must be answered. Who is Kim Jong Un and what drives his decision making? To what extent can past policies toward North Korea inform our current approach? Are there historical lessons that can be drawn from other international crises and scenarios?
On October 10, the Center for East Asia Policy Studies and the John L. Thornton China Center at Brookings hosted leading U.S. experts and former officials to identify actionable policy steps the White House and Congress should take to address the growing threat from North Korea. Panel presentations focused on Kim Jong Un’s outlook and objectives, the history of negotiations with North Korea, and comparative case studies, including the Berlin Crisis of 1961, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and recent negotiations with Iran. Former Deputy National Security Advisor Avril Haines delivered a keynote address, sharing insights from her experiences and offered thoughts on the path forward for dealing with North Korea.Read More