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What Trump's Meeting with Kim Means for Nuclear Talks

“We have to remember [North Korea has] an estimated GDP per person per year that is more along the lines of Congo or some of the poorest countries in Africa. This is a country that is suffering and [Kim Jong-Un] knows that…. So for me, it was only a matter of time that he and President Trump would start putting out feelers to get back to these nuclear negotiations. I think there was a loss of faith after Hanoi and so he’s looking for a chance to get back to that negotiating table.”

-----Jean H. Lee

The Wooing of Kim Jong Un: Love Letters and Lavish Banquets

Nuclear negotiations with North Korea are developing at head-spinning speed. After his shock at the breakdown of talks in Hanoi, Kim has shifted his attention to North Korea’s traditional allies, Russia and China.

What a difference a week makes when it comes to diplomacy with North Korea.

Double Jeopardy: Combating Nuclear Terror and Climate Change

As the consequences of climate change grow ever more dire, it seems imperative that we use every alternative to carbon-based fuels—but does this include nuclear energy? 

Lessons from the Hawaii Nuclear Missile Scare

Against the backdrop of escalating tension with North Korea and unraveling U.S.-Russia nuclear treaties, the January 2018 Hawaii false missile alert came as a shocking reminder of the reality of a nuclear threat. Cynthia Lazaroff and Bruce Allyn experienced the alert firsthand, which drove home the importance of their research and interviews with leading Russian and American nuclear experts. They shared their findings and some possible steps to reduce today’s nuclear danger.

Is There a Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow?

“The Trump administration suggests that there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. The Kim regime believes that it can’t chase rainbows. In the end, what matters is not the size of the deal, but the sincerity of the commitment.”

The Blind Eye: U.S. Non-Proliferation Policy towards Pakistan from Ford to Clinton

Known as the torch-bearer of arms control and non-proliferation, the United States is largely believed to be the global leader of the non-proliferation regime. To that effect, non-proliferation has remained high on its foreign policy agenda.

Wilson Center Experts React to Breakdown of Trump-Kim Summit

Comment from Jean H. Lee, director of the Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy

Trump-Kim Talks Unravel: What’s Next?

After so much focus on what would constitute a success at the Hanoi Summit, we woke up in Washington, DC, to news that the talks between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had unraveled completely and have come to an abrupt end.