Doug Bandow Senior Fellow, Cato Institute
Jul 20 , 2018
To his credit, President Trump was willing to help break the Korean deadlock. But the recent summit was a beginning, not the end. Washington needs to build a relationship with the Kim government, and that process will be smoother if the U.S. also improves its ties with Beijing.
Maria Rosaria Coduti PhD Candidate at the University of Sheffield
Jun 11 , 2018
Ahead of the Trump-Kim summit, there is disagreement between the two parties on how denuclearization should be carried out — in progressive phases, or in a complete and irreversible dismantling of the program. The Center for International Security and Cooperation released a proposal for a three-phase “roadmap” to denuclearization, advocating for a risk management approach to the denuclearization process.
Ma Shikun Senior Journalist, the People’s Daily
May 24 , 2018
As the more powerful of the two countries, it falls to the US to compromise so the summit can be a success.
Troy Stangarone Senior Director, Korea Economic Institute of America
May 03 , 2018
If the summit with South Korean President Moon opened the door to a denuclearized North Korea, it will be up to President Trump to close the deal on denuclearization. The Panmunjom Declaration is intentionally ambiguous in some regards and any agreement reached at the Trump-Kim summit will be about top down aspirations, rather than a detailed agreement. However, if the summit is successful, there are certain elements we should look for in any agreement, as Troy Stangarone describes.
Richard Javad Heydarian author of "Asia's New Battlefield: US, China, and the Struggle for Western Pacific"
Apr 24 , 2018
Richard Heydarian, recently returned from a trip to North Korea, argues that the Kim regime has returned to the negotiating table out of a fortuitous combination of greater confidence, mastery of the nuclear cycle, and vulnerability, as sanctions begin to undermine the economic viability of the country.
Wang Fudong Assistant Research Fellow, Korea Peninsula Research Institute, China Institute of Contemporary International Relations
Apr 11 , 2018
Kim Jong Un’s clear indication to denuclearize and his recent visit to China will bring spring to the peninsula.
Dean P. Chen Associate Professor of Political Science, Ramapo College of New Jersey
Apr 06 , 2018
There are many uncertainties and moving parts, but one thing is certain: Kim’s short trip to China has shaken up the strategic dynamics of East Asia.
Sampson Oppedisano Executive Assistant to the Dean, The Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy
Apr 04 , 2018
To China, North Korea has remained, though a thorn in its side at points, a check against Western powers in the region, namely the United States. As with climate change, this the North Korea conundrum is a valuable opportunity for China to continue to prove its desire to become more involved in global crises and continue to showcase its “peaceful rise” in the global community.
Paul Haenle Director, Carnegie–Tsinghua Center
Apr 03 , 2018
China appeared increasingly uncomfortable with the idea of South Korea and the United States in the lead and in control of the direction of diplomacy with North Korea. Now, Xi has had the opportunity to influence the terms of any future agreement.
Zha Daojiong Professor, Peking University
Apr 03 , 2018
Extensive official news reporting about the trip says very little about anything resembling mutual commitment.