October 23, 2020

US policy toward North Korea under Joe Biden: pageantry out, pragmatism in

Featuring Van Jackson

Source: South China Morning Post

Journalist John Power

US President Donald Trump’s unorthodox approach to North Korea saw him threaten “fire and fury” and ramp up sanctions, then meet dictator Kim Jong-un and exchange “beautiful” letters.

The election of his Democratic challenger and strong front runner Joe Biden on November 3 would likely put US efforts to denuclearise the North back on more familiar territory.

Under a Biden administration, personal rapport and summit pageantry would likely make way for traditional working-level diplomacy and greater coordination among US allies, according to analysts and former US officials.

Read the full story and more from the South China Morning Post.


  • Van Jackson

    Former Adjunct Senior Fellow, Indo-Pacific Security Program

    Dr. Van Jackson is a former Adjunct Senior Fellow with the Indo-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), an American political scientist, and...