Stephan Haggard Q and A on the Singapore Summit and Aftermath

July 9, 2018 10:45 AM

I recently did a short video Q and A on the Singapore summit for the East Asia Institute. I also reflected on the challenges ahead in my column at Joongang Ilbo. The main message: The summit itself produced little, and in fact the joint statement was dominated by North Korean views. President Trump also made a surprising unilateral concession by suspending military exercises with South Korea, and an even larger concession by bad-mouthing the alliance. But in the end, we simply don’t know that much until we see what Secretary Mike Pompeo achieves in Pyongyang. In the interim, the proper posture is to follow Samuel Coleridge’s injunction with respect to fiction and poetry: to willfully suspend disbelief.

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