ReportsNegotiating With North Korea
In a February 2019 report about negotiations between the United States and North Korea, experts Patrick M. Cronin and Kristine Lee predict that “either sufficient progress is ...
By Patrick M. Cronin & Kristine Lee
CommentaryThe United States Needs a Gray-Zone Strategy Against North Korea
North Korea’s firing of short-range ballistic missiles on May 4 and 9 and testing of a new “tactical guided weapon” on April 17 are stark reminders that the Kim Jong Un regime...
By Duyeon Kim, Nicholas D. Wright & Kristine Lee
CommentaryThe Inevitable Return of Muddling Along in North Korea
Since the collapse of nuclear talks in Hanoi last week, North Korea experts have argued about what went wrong. Donald Trump should have structured his offer differently, some ...
By Richard Fontaine
Nearly seven decades have passed since the Korean Armistice Agreement was signed, yet the Korean Peninsula is still divided and an authoritarian dictatorship in Pyongyang frequently threatens to destabilize the region. However, recent unprecedented high-level meetings have signaled to the world that the status quo may change in the near future.
The primary area of focus for the CNAS Asia-Pacific Security Program is the ongoing negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang and policy options for the United States in the event that North Korea either takes concrete steps toward denuclearization or continues to expand its nuclear arsenal.
In a series of five papers, CNAS has developed a comprehensive “diplomacy handbook” to strengthen U.S. engagement with North Korea if Pyongyang achieves future milestones with respect to its nuclear arsenal and to mitigate risk in alternative scenarios. This handbook is intended to equip policymakers with creative and specific recommendations for tension reduction measures and to help establish a more durable peace that promotes U.S. interests in the region.