It's Time to Explain the 'Libya Model'

May 25, 2018 Topic: Security Region: Americas Blog Brand: Paul Pillar Tags: LibyaNorth KoreaKim Jong Un

It's Time to Explain the 'Libya Model'

The already existing arsenal of nuclear weapons in North Korea presents greater challenges than Muammar Qaddafi’s nascent nuclear program.

There are several reasons for why the initiative on North Korea might collapse. And the already existing arsenal of nuclear weapons in North Korea presents greater challenges than Qaddafi’s nascent nuclear program. But a major reason for failure is how Trump has addressed the problem: impulsively and unilaterally, without adequate assessment and preparation, and evidently without a well-founded idea of what sort of agreement is feasible. He approaches the problem in a manner less designed to advance international security quietly than to make a public show out of how he supposedly is a better deal-maker than his predecessors—while trashing their accomplishments, flummoxing important allies, and damaging U.S. credibility in the process.

Paul R. Pillar is a contributing editor at the National Interest and the author of Why America Misunderstands the World .

Image: Pro-government Libyan forces, who are backed by locals, are seen silhouetted during clashes in the streets with the Shura Council of Libyan Revolutionaries, an alliance of former anti-Gaddafi rebels, who have joined forces with the Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia, in Benghazi December 28, 2014. REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori