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The North Korea Threat

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.

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