What you’re supposed to think happened at Hanoi, didn’t happen at Hanoi and Donald Trump is no Forrest Gump because though a moron Gump wasn’t a hustler.
From before Hanoi we’ve been riding the escalation ladder with North Korea, and it looks like liberals and neoconservatives don’t mind nuclear war too much.
When Melos gets the H-bomb Athens should get what it can get. But Athens wants more. That’s the lesson of the Hanoi fizzle.
Might Russia and the US have tacitly agreed to end the INF Treaty, and is all the action really on ground launched intermediate range missiles in Asia?
The past month or so has seen revelations of a supposed grand North Korean deception, progress on the implementation of the Panmunjom and Pyongyang Declarations, the stalling of diplomacy between Washington and Pyongyang, and finally talk of a second summit meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in early 2019. […]
Hitherto in the nuclear age humanity has relied upon a thin margin of survival provided by arms control, for arms control has tended to provide some measure of strategic stability and some reduction of nuclear dangers. For the most part arms control has functioned as a way of managing rivalry, […]
In a previous article on US nuclear diplomacy with North Korea I had suggested that the current standoff between Washington and Pyongyang, revealed by Trump’s cancellation of a planned trip to North Korea by Mike Pompeo, may have been caused by Trump’s misleading of Kim Jong-un at Singapore regarding US […]
More detail has emerged regarding the cancellation of Mike Pompeo’s planned trip to Pyongyang by President Trump, which further adds credence to some of the themes discussed in a previous post here on the Pompeo cancellation. There are two reports that form the basis of much commentary on this, the […]
Early post Singapore summit developments show a disconnect between Trump’s rhetoric on denuclearisation and reality on the ground in North Korea. Denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, or better still the prospect thereof, continues to dominate post Singapore summit discussion and analysis. I write here of some of those aspects, especially […]
The Singapore Summit aptly encapsulates a reality TV presidency, but it must be remembered that even reality TV serves an important function. The snapchat summit between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump just gets more and more surreal. It’s only been a day since its close, but there’s important things for […]