Kathryn Weathersby, Senior Associate with The Cold War International History Project of the Woodrow Wilson Center and James Goodby, Senior Fellow at the Center for North East Asian Policy Studies at the Brookings Institute.


North Korea flirts dangerously with status of outcast among nations. The mercurial moods of Kim Jon Il and the frequent reversals in foreign policy positions suggest a nation devoid of strong central purpose. But the actions of the North Koreans are rooted in perceptions of betrayed sewn deep into their collective past. Understanding their fear of friend and foe alike it essentials to crafting a successful diplomatic strategy. Kathryn Weathersby and James Goodby explain the past and future of dealing with North Korea.