For a second time, the world’s collective gaze will once again turn to the Korean Peninsula as North Korea’s Chairman Kim Jong-un will once again meet U.S. President Donald Trump for another historic summit.
But how will this next meeting playout? Could a comprehensive deal be struck, changing the trajectory of U.S.-DPRK relations once and for all away from confrontation and threats of nuclear war? Is a smaller or interim deal where both sides embrace an action-for-action formula a more likely result, say trading the Yongbyon nuclear facility for sanctions relief? Or, is all this simply a waste of time and we are destined to return to the days of “fire and fury”?
To answer these important questions, the National Interest in partnership with the Center for the National Interest’s new Korea Studies Program proudly presents over seventy-six expert opinions to answer the following questions:
“With Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un meeting for a second summit at the end of February, what do you feel will be the end result? Will both sides find a mutually acceptable framework that allows for the denuclearization of North Korea? Is a peace declaration that finally ends the Korean War possible? Will Washington offer some sort of “corresponding measures”? Or, is this summit the beginning of the end of what is only a short-term détente, with a time of tension soon to follow?
Below you will find a multitude of different perspectives from around the globe. Please note that these responses were collected over roughly one week with a filing date of Tuesday, February 5, 2019. We have done our best to ensure all content is timely and up to date.