North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un  attending an art performance dedicated to nuclear scientists and technicians. (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Give North Korea All the Prestige It Wants

Donald Trump can afford the humiliation of negotiating with Kim Jong Un.

A nuclear bunker in Northern Ireland on February 4, 2016. (Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

The World Doesn’t Need Any More Nuclear Strategies

The Trump administration’s Nuclear Posture Review answers questions nobody should be asking.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump during a meeting at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, on Sep. 21, 2017. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

The Korea Hawk Who Wasn’t Hawkish Enough

Victor Cha is experienced, informed — and no peacenik. None of that mattered for the Trump administration.

Former U.S. President Barack Obama and his counterpart Dmitry Medvedev as they sign the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty in Prague on April 8, 2010. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

Does Trump Want a Nuclear Arms Race Because Obama Didn’t?

The New START treaty is the only part of the U.S.-Russia relationship that still works — and it might soon lapse.

North Korean defector Ji Seong-ho during the State of the Union address in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 30. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Didn’t Understand His Own State of the Union Guest

Ji Seong-ho is a symbol of how North Korea’s perfidy extends far beyond its nuclear program.

A military parade in Pyongyang marking the 105th anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung on April 15, 2017. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Limited Strikes on North Korea Would Be an Unlimited Disaster

There’s no clear upside — and plenty of potential downsides — to punching Pyongyang in the nose.

U.S. President Donald Trump during the college football national championship game on Jan. 8 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Last Week Was a Degrading Embarrassment. And a Microcosm of Trump.

It was a Category 5 blizzard of ignorance, crudeness, and recklessness.

North and South Korean officials during a meeting at the truce village of Panmunjom inside the Demilitarized Zone on August 22, 2015. (South Korean Unification Ministry via Getty Images)

It Is Not Time to Bomb North Korea

There’s no reason to start a devastating war when nonmilitary options are working.

Iranian students protest at the University of Tehran during a demonstration driven by anger over economic problems, in the capital Tehran on Dec. 30, 2017. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Weighs Sanctions to Punish Iran Crackdown

The president offers blunt support for protesters in tweets, but a pivotal decision on the Iran nuclear deal is looming.


Out With The Old: New Books on Collusion, Civil War, Doomsday, and Other Happy Tidings

FP staffers learn how democracies die and why Mussolini wrote a bodice ripper.

Topographic map of North Korea. (Wikimedia Commons)

Why ‘5027’ is a number you should know: How war in Korea might unfold

After eight years at Foreign Policy, here are the ten most popular Best Defense posts.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un looks on during the launch of a Hwasong-12 missile. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

North Korea Had Spurned Talks With U.S. Due to Trump’s Latest Sanctions

Despite months of secret contacts, North Korea has been playing hard to get back to the negotiating table – even as Rex Tillerson reaches out again.

The nuclear football. (Wikimedia Commons)

It Is High Time to Do Away With the President’s Nuclear ‘Football’

The recent Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on nuclear weapons introduced some unsettling possibilities.

North Korean soldiers during a parade in Pyongyang on Oct. 10. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

China Should Send 30,000 Troops Into North Korea

The only way to stand down from a nuclear confrontation is to reassure Kim Jong Un that the United States won’t — and can’t — invade.

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