U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security advisor was marginalized at the summit, but his hard-nosed approach will be essential to dismantling North Korea’s nukes.
No one knows for sure what will happen in Singapore. These are some of the possibilities.
The United States sees private investment in Pyongyang, not aid, as the nuclear deal’s prize.
The United States has outsourced its foreign policy to regional allies. In South Korea, it might lead to peace — in Israel, it’s more likely leading to war.
For all Trump’s talk of fire and fury, the North Koreans wouldn’t have come to the negotiating table without South Korea’s pragmatic president.
The potential for progress on the Korean Peninsula is real, but the pitfalls are plentiful.
The mutual challenge of managing Pyongyang could offer Washington and Beijing the chance to get along.
Unless the United States changes its priorities, Korean diplomacy is probably doomed.
As Trump has already discovered, pulling the military from the Peninsula isn't easy.
Hollow summits between North Korea, South Korea, and the United States only serve to benefit the North.
The new secretary of state should focus on rebuilding his department.
The risks of a summit remain high. But diplomacy works.