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Uri Friedman is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic, where he oversees the Global Channel. He was previously the deputy managing editor at Foreign Policy and a staff writer for The Atlantic Wire.
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The Plan to Resurrect the North Korea Nuclear Talks

April 11, 2019 SEOUL, South Korea—Once Air Force One was wheels-up from Hanoi, Vietnam, last February, the American president phoned his South Korean counterpart and asked for help. Donald Trump had just walked out on nuclear negotiations with North Korea’s leader, but he hadn’t given up on diplomacy just yet. Trump told Moon...

The US Is Running Low on Options to Force Maduro Out

March 25, 2019 Two months after Juan Guaidó declared himself the legitimate president of Venezuela with the support of the United States and its regional allies, the elaborate international effort to will a new government into existence has hit a snag. Nicolás Maduro remains very much entrenched in Caracas, refusing to retire to...

The U.S. and North Korea Are Back to Talking Tough

March 18, 2019 The attack dogs have been let loose. That much was clear from the brink of war early on in the Trump administration. Just as important as the message was the messenger. North Korea’s vice foreign minister, Choe Son Hui, delivered the warning during a briefing in Pyongyang on Friday with...

The US and North Korea Are Back to Talking Tough

March 17, 2019 The attack dogs have been let loose. That much was clear from the brink of war early on in the Trump administration. Just as important as the message was the messenger. North Korea’s vice foreign minister, Choe Son Hui, delivered the warning during a briefing in Pyongyang on Friday with...

How the White House Is Spinning the North Korea Summit Collapse

March 12, 2019 It’s now known rather famously, in Donald Trump’s Twitter feed at least, as the “walk”—the president cutting short his summit in Vietnam with Kim Jong Un because, per a wisdom that fast took root back in Washington, no nuclear deal was better than a bad one. Since the standoff in...

Is Trump Giving Up on a Nuclear-Free North Korea?

March 3, 2019 Donald Trump’s summit with Kim Jong Un collapsed not because the parties couldn’t agree on how North Korea would get rid of its nuclear weapons altogether, but over something far more modest: the price for preventing Pyongyang’s arsenal from becoming even deadlier. Administration officials insisted that the aim in Vietnam...

After Raising the Stakes for North Korea Summit, Trump Walks Away

February 28, 2019 The expectations were enormous: Perhaps Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un would, at a summit in Vietnam, finally declare an end to the Korean War, establish liaison offices in each other’s capitals, and trade the destruction of North Korea’s main nuclear facility for the easing of some sanctions against Pyongyang....

After Raising the Stakes for North Korea Summit, Trump Walks Away

February 28, 2019 The expectations were enormous: Perhaps Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un would, at a summit in Vietnam, finally declare an end to the Korean War, establish liaison offices in each other’s capitals, and trade the destruction of North Korea’s main nuclear facility for the easing of some sanctions against Pyongyang....

The India-Pakistan Crisis Has Lessons for Trump and Kim

February 27, 2019 Western nations and nonproliferation groups were aghast when India and Pakistan, in quick succession, declared themselves nuclear-weapons states in 1998 amid worsening relations. International sanctions quickly followed, but were mostly lifted in subsequent years amid tacit acknowledgment of the countries’ newfound military capabilities. Since then, the United States has actively...

Trump Thinks Only He Can Fix North Korea, Cutting Experts Out

February 25, 2019 Heading into his second summit with Kim Jong Un this week, Donald Trump is making a striking argument: With his singular smarts, deal-making prowess, and sizzling personal chemistry with Kim, he is the only one capable of eliminating the North Korean nuclear threat. But Trump’s approach of “I alone can...