Diplomatic summits contain dualities common in politics and life. They express the divergence between presentation and reality, hope and expectation. Continue reading
Tag Archives: Korea
The Fascination and the Fear
Review – See You Again in Pyongyang by Travis Jeppesen
Global interest in North Korea is prompted by fascination and fear. Both are overdone. Continue reading
The Singapore Summit Has Trivialised a Brutal Dictatorship
The world’s attention is fixated on Singapore, the venue for a summit that not long ago looked like it wouldn’t happen.
Discussion between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump was imperilled by the former’s intransigence and the latter’s rashness. Trump dictated an intemperate letter to Kim on May 24 cancelling the thing. It looked as though that was that. Continue reading
Meeting with the Enemy
For all his capacity to surprise politicians and commentators, Donald Trump has done little in office which could be called truly original.
Since his ascent to the presidency, Trump has shepherded little significant domestic legislation through Congress, and his foreign policy could hardly be considered revelatory. Continue reading
Necessary Acts Are Never Popular – So Politicians Have Done Nothing about Iran or North Korea
The situation on the Korean peninsula has not been good for a long time. But the ceasefire agreed in the 1950s, following years of open warfare, seems more strained now than at any moment in recent memory. Continue reading