Welcome to the Korean Game of Thrones
I’ve equated the sudden shift from impending military clash to unexpected diplomatic engagement as a Korean Game of Thrones. But does this week’s development portend a peaceful resolution or the setup to a Red Wedding?
The U.S. should be willing to go down the engagement path once again. But it must keep its eyes open, its shield up, and its sword sharp. The season of reduced tensions and engagement is at hand, but winter may be coming back.
Bruce Klingner, The Heritage Foundation’s senior research fellow for Northeast Asia, previously served as the CIA’s deputy division chief for Korea.