North Korea

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Panmunjom, South Korea, on April 27. (Korea Summit Press Pool/AFP/Getty Images)

How to Haggle With a Dictator

Bill Richardson has made eight missions to North Korea to negotiate the release of American captives. He sat down with Foreign Policy to explain how it’s done.

David Beasley, the executive director of the World Food Program, briefs reporters in Seoul, South Korea, on May 15 on his visit to North Korea. (Jung Yeon-je/AFP/Getty Images)

White House Rebuffs U.N. Appeal to Expand North Korea Food Aid

The United States sees private investment in Pyongyang, not aid, as the nuclear deal’s prize.

South Korean President Moon Jae-In and U.S. President Donald Trump    at the presidential Blue House on November 7, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea.

Trump Is Following, Not Leading

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.

Siamak Namazi, an Iranian-American imprisoned in Iran since 2015, on a visit to San Francisco in 2006. (Free Siamak and Baquer Namazi Facebook)

Families of Americans Held in Iran Urge Trump: Keep Your Promise

U.S. exit from nuclear deal could jeopardize prospects for imprisoned Americans.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in pose for photographs during the Inter-Korean Summit at the Peace House on April 27, 2018 in Panmunjom, South Korea. (Photo by Korea Summit Press Pool/Getty Images)

The Stars of North Korea Talks Revolve Around Moon

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.

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani oversees an April 18 ceremony marking National Army Day in Tehran.

The North Korean Playbook Won’t Work With Iran

Hard-liners in Tehran and Washington are both drawing the wrong lessons from diplomacy with Pyongyang — and that could lead to war.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, speaks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, left, at the Peace House in Panmunjom, South Korea, on April 27. (Korea Summit Press Pool/Getty Images)

Don’t Overestimate the Power of Historic Summits

The potential for progress on the Korean Peninsula is real, but the pitfalls are plentiful.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and U.S. President Donald Trump, second from left, attend a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov. 9, 2017. (Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images)

Could North Korea Help Bring the United States and China Closer Together?

The mutual challenge of managing Pyongyang could offer Washington and Beijing the chance to get along.

A South Korean soldier walks past a television displaying images of U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at a railway station in Seoul on March 9. (Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)

The Road Ahead With North Korea

The weekly podcast: What a potential summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could look like.

A South Korean soldier stands under a display of North and South Korean missiles in Seoul on Dec. 12, 2002. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

Korea’s Nuclear Nightmare Hasn’t Gone Away

Unless the United States changes its priorities, Korean diplomacy is probably doomed.

U.S. and South Korean soldiers in Yeoncheon-gun, South Korea on May 30, 2013. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

U.S. Soldiers Might Be Stuck in Korea Forever

As Trump has already discovered, pulling the military from the Peninsula isn't easy.

A man walks past a newspaper featuring a front page story about the summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, on a sidewalk in Seoul on Apr. 28. (Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images)

Optimism About Korea Will Kill Us All

The first step towards peace is lowering your expectations.

U.S. President Donald Trump and first Lady Melania Trump at the National Assembly on Nov. 8, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

Trump-Goes-to-Korea Is the New Nixon-Goes-to-China

There are plenty of lessons to draw from America's diplomatic gambit in Korea — just probably not the ones you think.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in are in talks during the Inter-Korean Summit on April 27, 2018 in Panmunjom, South Korea. Photo by Korea Summit Press Pool/Getty Images

Security Brief: Trump Admin Drives Hard Line on Korea; Details on Kim’s Offer

After a historic summit light on details, White House reiterates tough demands for North Korean denuclearization.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Panmunjom, South Korea, on April 27. (Korea Summit Press Pool/AFP/Getty Images)

Pyongyang Is Playing Washington and Seoul

Hollow summits between North Korea, South Korea, and the United States only serve to benefit the North.

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